Sunday, August 28, 2011

Dying to Self

Die to self by being a servant...you are below them. 2 Cor. 7:10 Worldly sorrow is sorry they just got caught. Tries to make you look better in the eyes of men. Bargaining with God praying He will get you out of the situation you are in. Saddness that comes when you don't get what you wanted. (I want to get what I want from God my way) Matthew 27:1-5 John 21:7- 17 Godly sorrow wants to be near God...We all will fall...It's how you respond to the fall.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Praying for Our Kids

Last week I was blessed with the opportunity to watch an adorable little brightly red-headed boy who is just the cutest thing. The last day I had him I felt compelled to pray for/over him, his life and his future spouse. Kind of weird since he wasn't even my child but I went ahead and prayed away...this reminded me that it has been a while since I've spent time in prayer praying for my own kids' futures & their future spouses. I oft times pray for them daily and what they are going through...focusing on the "here and now" but sometimes fail to cover their future...which I use to pray about ALL time.

This next year is the beginning of many new things for me and my kids. My 21 year old son has recently been sworn into the U.S. Air Force...this makes me so proud and so sad (that he's no longer my little boy) all at the same time.

Our 11 year old Beautiful One is maturing into such a beautiful young lady whom I am trying to stear the right way with keeping tabs on who she becomes good friends with, modesty and covering the facts of life stuff.

With the loss of my husband's daughter towards the beginning of this year, I'm realizing how precious life with our kids really is.

I hope putting these prayers out there might also give you a place to start praying for your children's futures & their future spouses.

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Taken from Dannah Gresh's "Six Ways to Keep the Little in your Little Girl" & from Fern Nichols from "Mom's In Touch International":

God I ask that my children would NOT be "unequally yoked" with an unbeliever according to 2 Cor. 6:14. That their future spouses would love the Lord with all their heart, soul, mind and strength, and that they love their neighbor as themselves like you command in Matthew 22:37-38. I pray Lord God that you would prepare the future wive's heart to be a 'helpmate' to the husband and that her husband would 'love her just as Christ loved the church' accoring to Ephesians 5:22-23. And that together they would serve and bring glory to the Lord (as for them and their household, they would serve the Lord ~ Joshua 24:15).

In the busy-ness of life these days...Don't forget to
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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Jesus has ALL Authority

John 11:45-48 if we let Jesus keep going we will lose ourselves. John 12:2-8 he is establishing his authority over our moral values/agenda. God's ways, plans and agenda are higher than your plans, values or moral agenda. He has ALL authority and can do it all how he wants to. John 12:12-13; 12:23-26 Jesus' plan is to die for a reproduction in Jesus. If the seed dies and goes into the ground it produces many. John 13:1-17 the authority of Christ has to be established in you before that He IS Christ. The people that know this is to declare that Jesus is who He says He is. (I was blind but now I see). Declare the obvious. If you are to gain your life you have to lose it. (Deny yourself by serving, being a servant). You have to be a servant to everybody. Everyone is above me...I have to serve them!!! Give of yourself! Serve without expectation! Establish His authority in your life, declare what He's done for you in your life and follow His plan.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Seven Miracles in John

John 2: 1-11 Jesus turns water into wine - Iam the answer to your current condition (pre-Christ you are lacking and you are empty) John 4: 46-53 Jesus heals boy from death - Jesus is mans answer to faith for sickness, death, brokenness...He extends grace. (getting what you don't deserve) Ephesians 2:8 by grace you have been saved, through faith - no from yourselves, it is the gift of God. John 5: 2-9 Jesus heals man by pool (Jesus is your answer when you have tried to work for favor of God, He's all you need) John 6: 5-14 Jesus feeds the 5,000 (Jesus is your provider/ your answer for lack, Keep handing out what I put in your hands.) John 6: 16-21 Jesus walks on water (He is your answer for doubt and fear, you can do supernatural things above your own abilities when your eyes are on Christ - to do supernatural things you have to submit to unnatural circumstances) John 9:1-12 Jesus heals the blind man (Jesus is our answer to darkness/sin; All sin leads to death - He will reveal in you things of darkness) John 11:30-44 Jesus raises Lazuras from the dead. (Jesus is the answer to mans death ; even if you die...you shall live)

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

God blessed my socks off!!!

I have been looking at getting a Dyson for quite a while now. I went to vacuum with my Hoover Wind Tunnel the other day and the roller would no longer go. I decided it was time and did all kinds of research and talked to some people about them. Everyone loves them so I determined where would be the best place to get one. I remembered I had just received a 30% off coupon from Kohl’s so I went there. They were one of the more expensive places but with my 30% off...they would then be the CHEAPEST beating Walmart by $9.

Photo courtesy of Best Buy

Armed with my coupon after seeing my chiropractor we went to Lowe’s just to make sure there was no surprise sale there and then went to Kohl’s.

My Beautiful One wanted to look for a pair of tennis shoes...I generally let her get 1 pair of reasonably priced ($25 or under) pair of tennis shoes per school year. She found a pair of running shoes (she’s been wanting a pair of running shoes) on the clearance rack. The clearance price was $43.99...ugh! Then I remembered my coupon and decided the 30% off would make them about $30 and that was more do-able...the unfortunate part was my coupon wasn’t good until tomorrow...oh no...I need to vacuum TODAY!!! LOL

We went over to where the Dyson's where and there were NONE of the DC25 Animal Ball that I was wanting...oh bummer...HOW am I going to vacuum today??? LOL

We took the shoes she wanted and went to the service desk to find out if they would hold them for us until tomorrow because our coupon wasn’t good until then. The lady said no...she’d just take the coupon off today and we could take the shoes since we were already there...this spurred a discussion about the Dyson that I “REALLY” wanted but wasn’t there. She said let me ask the manager if there are any of those in the back...there wasn’t even a display one of them so I was almost SURE there wasn’t one in the back. Low and behold...there WAS one in the back in the box and it was their ONLY one...they said they would give that to me with the coupon off too...then she said and you know you get $10 Kohl’s cash for every $50 spent today right...I said NO way...she said yep.

So thanks to the sweet Kohl’s associate named Becky, I saved a total of $259.20 and ended up with $90 Kohl’s cash + my 30% off coupon to use still...WOW – What a blessing!!! God is SO good!!!

Monday, August 08, 2011

Revelation Cannot be Taken Away

There will NEVER be a day that God will NOT love you!!! Seek God for revelation. Pray that others will have a revelation from God. Where the annointing is, bondages are destroyed. Sometimes you can hear something a 100 times but just don't get it. Jesus paid the price and we get it all. Eph 1:19 Revelation is something that can NOT be taken away from us. God loves you and you can know him in a personal way. John 14:17; John 15:18-19 don't get mad when unbelievers think you are weird or from another planet. The Lord has chosen you as His own and the world will hate you. If everyone in the world likes you, you are probably compromising in your walk. Try to meet them where they are at without compromising. Hell is going to be complete seperation from God.

Sunday, August 07, 2011

John tells us WHO Jesus is

John lays out Jesus authority in ch 1, 2 Jesus purpose, 3 Jesus plan and ch 4 what it looks like to walk out Jesus plan. Everything that John wrote about Jesus life is summed up in John 20:31 John 6:35 Jesus is the bread of life John 8:12 Jesus is the light of the world John 10:9 Jesus is the door John 10:11-14 Jesus is the good shepherd John 11:25 Jesus is the resurrection & the life John 14:6 Jesus is the way, the truth & the life John 15:5 Jesus is the vine Jesus' job is to reveal God to us. He helps to reveal our shortcomings. He is the way in and the way out of our troubles. He is our final payment and our hope...He is the way, the truth and the life. We can not do things our own way. He is the vine and we are the branches. If you remain in Him, you will bear much fruit; apart from God you can do NOTHING!!! Our job is to reveal Jesus to others.

Thursday, August 04, 2011

A TRUE Best Friend...

I've had friends...LOTS of them. I've had friends who have told me they are my "Best Friend" and friends who have told me they love me no matter what.

Unfortunately, SOME friends will talk about you, tell lies about you, and some will eventually leave you but a TRUE Best Friend lasts through thick and thin.

Tonight I celebrated my Besties 40th birthday...we've been through SO much together. We've always managed to talk out our differences and love each other no matter what. She prays for me and prays WITH me. She's there for me any time of the day or night.

I LOVE my BFF!!! Happy 40th Melinda!!!

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

On a mission to help & bless others...

We spent last week on a mission trip in Cartagena, Colombia.

Talk about challenges...boy did we have some. For times sake...I'm just going to give an overview of our challenges and share a few pics:

1) airline said they wouldn't charge our group baggage fees...they did anyway. $25 for 1 bag & $60 for 2 bags x 50 people = mucho grande.
2) airline had to hold the plane because them deciding to charge us held up our group quite a bit which resulted in the plane needing to wait 10 extra minutes for us all to board.
3) already said 10 minute late plane taking off discovered "AFTER" we got on board that they had a water distribution problem on said plane...this resulted in a service guy and him NOT being able to fix the problem which delayed us 1 hour and 10 minutes.
***A praise = 4) delayed flight caused us to get to our next connection within 20 min of take off. Plane was suppose to dock in terminal B and we would have had to deboard and trek to terminal C which they said we wouldn't make so our pilot was able to work it out where we docked in terminal C...just a couple of gates away from where we were suppose to board our next flight...God is so good!
5) was suppose to get to 1st hotel within an hour and a half...didn't get there for 2.5 hours because the drivers got lost. Dinner was at 8pm.
6) several people had lost their A/C through out the night
7) on Monday the lights started flickering and around 6:30pm went completely out...we found out that the polling electricity caused the electric line to snap off of the building. We stood outside for hours trying to warn people that the line was hot.
***A praise 8) the super nice hotel 4 blocks away was able to accomodate our group...at 10:30pm we walked to that hotel.
9) at the new hotel I turned our A/C on the coldest setting and froze the line...this caused massive water to run out of the A/C unit all night.
10) on Thursday we were on a home visit and had to leave abruptly due to something that happened in the neighborhood and they wanted to get us out of there.

This is just a sampling of some of the challenges that we faced but we are so thankful to God for being there and for having his hand on all of it...you could see God working around each obsticle.

Our welcome

Our first home visit

One of the fish markets

A guard on the street

The fort they forced the slaves to build to keep the English pirates from getting the Spanish gold. When a slave would die during the building they would push him over and continue to build on top of his body...how sad!


Favorite parts of the trip:
1) getting there and back safely
2) making friends with those on the trip
3) meeting Wendy, Emily, Juan, DeLaura, Julio, Claudia & Viviana
4) spending the day at Coco Liso Island swimming, eating cake & going to the Oceanarium
5) the trolly ride
6) shopping at the market
7) seeing the mall & the fort
8) devotion night on the beach
9) praying with Wendy's grandmother & aunt who recieved Christ
10) eating ice cream at Crepes & Waffles (YUM)
11) being picked up at the hotel and going to dinner in a horse drawn carriage
12) eating dinner at a BEAUTIFUL restruarnt
13) the meal at the BEAUTIFUL restruarnt
14) Hagen Daz at the airport
15) landing back in the USA

A few of my Favorite Photos