Monday, October 29, 2007
Posted by jen at 11:03 PM
I'm still smiling. Still crying. Still loving on my Jesus. Oh the awesome joy He brings us. Brings me. I am so madly, deeply, over the moon for this guy.
Posted by jen at 12:28 AM
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Posted by jen at 2:30 PM
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Posted by jen at 9:53 PM
Monday, October 22, 2007
praise the Lord I can finally have two Spidermen!
and here they are taking a candy break...
this is David (right) at the picnic with his friend Jeb (left)
and this is my favorite photo of the weekend. this is Daniel playing on the playground Sunday afternoon. I'm not sure why I like it so much. maybe the angle or all the clean lines... can't quite put my finger on it, but I love it.
Posted by jen at 10:46 PM
Friday, October 19, 2007
this is cake #1:
here are the "baby spiders" made from spiced gum drops and icing:
this is cake #2:
Posted by jen at 8:17 AM
Thursday, October 18, 2007
God is giving me some amazing insight into his word. I can not express how blessed I am through BSF. The women are so nice, my son practically leaps out of the van when we pull up to the church, and I get to meet God each Wednesday. Not the god I want Him to be, or the god I've perceived Him to be, but God. The one and only God. My Father, Savior, Friend, Redeemer.... I get to meet with Him each day in my homework and each week in lecture time. Sometimes I feel so close I can hear Him breath and I get chills. It's awesome! So what God is doing with me this week, is teaching me how to have a one-on-one encounter with Him amongst a room full of amazing gals. He meets me where I'm at and then sits with me. It's awesome.
Your turn! What's God doin' in your life this week??
Posted by jen at 11:49 AM
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Posted by jen at 11:31 AM
Sunday, October 14, 2007
this just might be my new favorite song. Take refuge in your Father. He wants to be your comfortor.
Posted by jen at 8:58 PM
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Posted by jen at 1:09 PM
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Lord I'm in awe of your work in me this past month. It's been a rollercoaster to say the least, but one I'm happy to ride on any time! It's so exciting to open your word each day now. Our time together is what I look forward to each morning. I can't wait to wake up tomorrow and see what you've got for me. Thank you for the amazing women you have put in place at BSF. Thank you for their dedication, knowledge, and care for each participant. And thank you for the wonderful woman you sent to tell me about it. I am blessed to be able to go with two amazing friends and sit among such great women. I'm even starting to enjoy the hymns! Thank you thank you thank you Lord! My desire is to know you and become more like you. I hunger for your word each day, and can't wait for tomorrow!
Oh girls. Somebody shout an Amen with me!
Posted by jen at 5:24 PM
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
But the angel said to him, "Do not be afraid, Zechariah, your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son and you are to give him the name John. He will be a joy and a delight to you and many will rejoice because of his birth. For he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from birth."
What struck me as odd was that this passage was filled with the joy of a new birth, a long awaited son that Zechariah thought might not ever come. (he was gettin up there ya'll) And then mysteriously the sentence, "he is never to take wine or other fermented drink", was added in. Why warn Zechariah of that? Look at what follows, "and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from birth". So here are my thoughts, take them for what they're worth. :) I think that God warned Zechariah that John was never to drink wine, because it would inhibit the work that the Holy Spirit would do through John. There are many things in our life that de-rail us from walking the path God has for us. Be it alchohol, drugs, addictions, even gossip. Anything that would take the place of what God wants us to do, could be our "fermented drink". I think God warned for John to not partake in the wine because John had an amazing job to do. John was part of God's plan for the life of Jesus. John's ministry would be instrumental in the carrying out of God's will for Jesus' life. Therefore John could not be inhibited by anything. Basically the boy had to have a clear head in order to do what God wanted him to do. (that's Texas talk ya'll). I like that God got right down to it. Laid it out and said, don't let him do that because he's got ME in him. (emphasis mine) Makes me think of the dumb things I do that I know are not in God's purpose for my life. What "fermented drinks" have I put between myself and following God's direction? Is there something, even one small thing, that I have allowed myself to partake in that would muddy up the communication line from God's lips to my heart?
Lord how I pray that you would show me what keeps me from doing what you have planned for me to do. Show it and remove it, Lord. I don't want anything, big or small, to stand between me and the awesome plan you have for my life. I don't want the "fermented drink, I want You! Help me each day to stand up and make the choice for you and not creature comforts. Take those things I put before myself to stumble on and toss them aside. Whatever cup you have for me, I want to drink it in.
Posted by jen at 10:06 PM
Monday, October 8, 2007
The bus was purchased this summer. They have estimated over $30,000 in damages. It's almost unbelievable. Our church was broken into and electronics were stolen back in the spring, and now our nice, new bus has been torn apart like this. It just doesn't make sense. I think when things like this happen it must mean satan knows something big for the kingdom is about to happen. I don't it's any coincidence that right when we're preparing for 2 of our largest outreach ministries of the year, something like this comes along. And it makes me sad for the people that did this. Sad that they had nothing better to do. And sad that they don't realize that there is something so much better in the world for them. They can be and do so much more. So tonight I'm choosing to pray for them rather than be upset or angry. It's heartbreaking that something like this has happened again to our church, but when something like this happens you can either let satan win and be angry, or you can love these people like Jesus and pray that one day their eyes be opened to the all-encompassing love of Jesus. Please pray for our church and for the vandals that did this. They need some love from God.
ps - the man you see on the video is our Pastor, Kevin Kennedy.
Posted by jen at 10:40 PM
Posted by jen at 1:52 PM
Friday, October 5, 2007
Thank you girls, I know there will be some serious prayers going up from you all. It means more than you know.
Posted by jen at 10:26 PM
Thursday, October 4, 2007
So here's why I'm so proud of them. We're doing a Christmas program about a little girl who started a food and toy drive for the needy in their town. So with that in mind, we're doing our own food drive to benefit our local food bank, which will in turn help the needy in our community. The kids were super jazzed about it when we announced it on the first night. So our first mini-contest was a 3 week bottled water drive. I am so stinkin proud of those kiddos! They managed to bring in 300(!!!!) bottles of water! They did great! So Scott and I will be dropping the water off today and then we'll get a certificate mailed to the church saying how much was donated, which we will of course frame and hang for the kids to see. :) So the next thing we are doing is a peanut butter drive. I expect LOTS of PB to come our way! The best part about all this though is seeing the kids get so excited about giving to others in need. They're thrilled to get to bring in something each week and it's a HUGE blessing to me to get to see their faces light up with excitement over what the next drive will be. I think I just may have the best kids in the world!
Posted by jen at 9:37 AM
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
For me, today God has given me peace over a broken relationship. Yesterday I experienced the most awesome gift of forgiveness and healing. Second only to the reconcilliation of my sister and I. It was a relationship that I definatly had an equal hand in souring. Sometimes WAY more than my share of damaging. The friendship went caput in a hurry due to gossip and grudges, of which I definatly carried my share. Over one tiny incident, and the gossip gates opening wide, I let my opinion of this woman get tainted which opened the flood gates for satan to come in and have a field day at the expense of a new and fun friendship. And so spanned years of resentment, gossip, false reconciliation, hurt, tears, pain, and heartache. The bulk of which I'm ashamed to say I caused. To her and to myself. What God is giving me today is a realization of how far He has brought me from that place. To say I was a new Christian back then is an excuse, but the truth. I didn't know how to handle that situation and so let others tell me what to do rather than go to the One that I should have. But now everything is different. I can look back with maturity and humility and say, I did do my fair share of causing things to escalate and stay that way. But I can also look back and say a big THANK YOU to my creator for getting me to a much more healthy and mature spot. Where now I can reach out to her, humbly apologize (we're talking tail between the legs apologizing here girls), and ask forgiveness. Which came, to the glory of God. I think we made some angels dance ya'll! Or hopefully at least made God smile. And so today I claim peace over that relationship. And I'm praying that God lets a new one blossom there. One not clouded by the past, but bright and sunny with a newness that only God can bring.
Okay, so let's here it! What's God doing in your life today?
Posted by jen at 8:26 AM
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
another awesome praise song. Lift those hands and run into some Marvelous Light!!
Posted by jen at 5:08 PM
What do you think about the show?
Posted by jen at 2:26 PM
Monday, October 1, 2007
What will I do with my time?? All of you that have had kids in Mother's Day Out... what did you do? Clean house? Read? Shop? Gimme some ideas!
Posted by jen at 4:20 PM