Sunday, April 24, 2011
All you have to do is repent and believe.
The problem we have is with the word "believe".
Luke 18:9 the Pharisees felt like their own righteousness was enough...There is nothing we can do to make ourselves righteous.
Luke 18:18 the rich young ruler...it had nothing to do with his stuff or money, it had to do with his heart.
Something in him could not give up what he had. It's about denying yourself or giving things up for HIM.
Matthew 13:53 we get to a place when we've been in church for so long that you don't actually BELIEVE in HIM. We think since we KNOW him that we have a relationship with him.
Mark 9:23 - 24 I believe but help me with my unbelief.
Ephesians 2:8-9 by grace you have been saved through faith...not from yourselves, it is a gift of God, not by works- so that no one can boast.
Friday, April 22, 2011
Since we're going to Florida in September...we decided we'd better make our annual trip now.
Then we went shopping at the outlet mall that's there. Since I just lost 25lbs (thanks to HCG) I really needed to do me some shopping. I got lots of goodies...We had a GREAT time!
No day would be complete without a stop in Jackson, MO at...
And this particular year...we reflect and thank Jesus Christ for dying on the cross for our sins...HE is RISEN!!!
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
The all day event didn't start until 9am on Saturday but I wanted us to have a good nights rest and some mother/daughter bonding time so we headed out a day early...you can read about that in the post below this one. :)
Vicki Courtney talked about there being "TOO MANY CHOICES" in todays society and it's actually paralizing people & causing depression. People need to overcome the "If I had __________________ I would be satisfied." Stop waiting for the "next BIG thing." There is a God sized hole in each of us that is suppose to be filled with "GOD" but many people try to fill their hollow spot with other things. Jesus is the "Bread of Life" and if we eat of that bread...we will be satisfied. Make time with God and STAY in HIS Word!
Our mom Break Out session was How to Grow a Godly Daughter in an "ungodly" world.
#1) We are all servants...we are working for God!
#2) We must be devoted to the ultimate purpose - We all have different gifts, none of us are doing the same thing & we must rely on God!
#3) We trust God for the results - You can NOT make your kids love & follow Jesus...the results are up to God...ONLY HE CAN BRING GROWTH!!!
3 Levels or things to help them grow:
#1) Impress the Word upon their hearts (Deut. 6:7)
#2) We Weed - Weed out outside influences or bad friends when your child's life begins to go the wrong way/away from God.
#3) We Prune - (2 Cor 7:10) Teach repentance - Find out what's going on in their heart.
Positive Words/Mom's Do to make them feel good:
- Girls that are delighted in, feel accepted & feel loved
- Melt downs = I can't get control of the emotions - most of the time this is due to puberty and you need to let her know this is normal.
- Dad conversations with daughters = 1) Let her know she's valuable 2) Talk about the boy brain and why boys do strange things and think they are funny 3) modesty
-Dad take her camping each year - just the two of them and she gets to pick anything she wants to take and anything she wants to do...it doesn't have to be fishing, etc.
-Teach girls to be kind & honest
-Ho do you deal with disrespect? Call her out and tell her you are NOT going to do that/speak to me that way.
*How to have a deeper/conversations relationship? Fill in the blank "Today I felt ____________ about_______________" I wish I could protect you from all the hurts that you'll face - I can't but I can be the one that you trust and feel those emotions with you. Don't try to "fix" things...just tell her you are sorry and love her. Use the "back door" approach and connect when it doesn't seem so obvious like she's not expected to talk...maybe go for ice cream.
-How much to tell your daughter about yoru past? Be careful that you have the right motive.
-Don't live life with regrets.
-What to do when your kids don't want anything to do with church anymore? (Is it rebellion or crisis of faith?) Make sure that "sometimes" we don't feel like going to church either but we do because it's the "RIGHT" thing to do.
- What new trends or issues are going on right now in the world? Sexting, Anxiety, depression
-Keep parenting with a journey in mind.
-Be confident; Hope & Trust - He who has begun a good work in you and your girl, is faithful to complete it.
-LAUGH ALOT!!! HAVE FUN!
-You WILL fail but God loves your girl MORE than you can even imagine!
-Parent out of love - NOT out of fear!
Know when to unplug and when to connect with WHO & WHAT really matters!
The goal is to feed our soul with things that build our faith & fast things that tear it down.
Commit to take the Vicki Courtney 40 day "More of ____________ and less of ______________" challenge.
We had a GREAT time and look forward to MANY more yearly events together!
The all day event didn't start until 9am on Saturday but I wanted us to have a good nights rest and some mother/daughter bonding time so we headed out a day early. :)
We started the event off by heading to Collinsville, IL for the Creating Keepsakes Scrapbook Convention...SOOOO fun!!! We both had a great time shopping and doing a make & take. By the time we got done, it was lunch time so we drove through White Castles...nothing but the best for my girl. LOL - It's where she wanted to eat. Works for me...I LOVE White Castles. LOL
We arrived in Springfield near our hotel 5 minutes before "Soul Surfer" was going to play so we topped off the middle of the day by seeing a movie...it was GREAT...minus her shark attack which was a bit "rough". I'd give the movie 2 thumbs up. My beautiful one gives it 15 thumbs up. :)
Needless to say I didn't get any pics of the above events...bummer to miss those shots/memories...ugh! Oh well, on to getting our nails done. We got manicures and pedicures which was way fun!
We meandered around the mall a bit and she ended up jumping on the trampoline...which was fun and a bit scary when she got up as high as the second floor of the mall. :)
After nails and jumping...you need a good dinner - Longhorn...here we come!!!
Then we went to the Courtyard by Marriott to do some swimming & sleeping...it was a VERY nice hotel!
This post is getting pretty long so I'm going to start a new one concerning Saturday at the conference.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Philippians 4:4-7 Rejoice in the Lord ALWAYS and again I say REJOICE!!! Paul wrote from prison.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
When u really want something it's very easy to hear God say YES because you want it so bad. In that action you have then given into the flesh and made yourself a god. That's a consequence of the flesh.
If u want to continue walking in your maturity go to God in prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your request unto God.
Prayer puts you outside of yourself and going before God showing that you don't have the answers.
Be honest with God!!! He knows everything about you and can handle your being honest about your requests.
The prayer and petition has nothing to do with getting the "thing" it's about BEING in HIS will!!!
Make sure your feelings line up with the Word of God.
Hebrews 4:12 the Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
2 Corinthians 10:4-5 we take captive EVERY THOUGHT captive to make it obedient to Christ.
Philippians 4:8-9 whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely and admirable - whatever you have learned or received or heard from me (Paul), or seen in me (Paul) - put it into practice.
Our prayer is to become like Paul, not like the ones Paul is writing to.
We are the revealer of the unseen God!!!
Sunday, April 03, 2011
Strive and contend for the message of Christ. Walking forward toward the message of Christ.
Contend together as a group.
Romans 12:3-8 don't think of yourself more highly than you ought...but think of yourself with sober judgment.
We are NOT in this walk alone! When we feel isolated we feel like we should do nothing or you think what you do is greater than anything.
Philippians 2:1-18 Do nothing out of selfish ambition but in humility DENY yourself. Consider others better than yourself.