Wednesday, September 30, 2009

A Good Read, A Moving Read

I have been disciplining myself to read more than I have been. I love to read but have not been taking the time to do it.

This week I am reading a book written by Henry Blackaby, called Holiness; God's Plan for Fullness of Life. He is discussing 3 truths for God's people; The loss of the fear of God, Seeing sin from God's perspective, and the highway of holiness. This book has stirred me and I have been finding myself falling to my face in true repentance and seeking revival in my life. I am understanding the urgency toward true revival and spiritual awakening in this nation and across the world-for the glory of God. He asks the question, "If revival in America depended on your prayer life, would there be a revival?" If we have to say no, then we have to make the CHOICE to change our prayer life. Our life and our nation is a reflection of the choices we have made. That is one of the reasons why this kind of message has a sense of urgency about it. There is a lot at stake. In fact, eternity is at stake for many in our nation. He says that in our church alone there are enough of God's people-if they are serious with God-to turn the course of our nation. There were only 120 people in the Upper Room who were wholly yielded Jesus (Acts 1:15). God used those 120 people to turn the entire Roman Empire upside down!

So I have been asking myself, and now I ask you- What could God do through your life? Do you sense that America needs the mighty touch of God? Do you believe God could work through your life as he has done with others? Would you be willing to make the kind of choices required by God to be that kind of person? Your responses to these questions will be a reflection of the choices you have made concerning your Lord.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Dinner Guests

Well, where do I begin? Last night we invited a couple from our church over for dinner. This was the first time since we moved here to have dinner guests in our home, so naturally, I was a little nervous. I wanted to make a nice impression and welcome this nice couple into our home. They arrived and things were going smooth. The girls were getting more and more wound up as the night went on; it was finally time to sit down and eat dinner, we blessed the food and started filling our plates full of the beautiful spaghetti and homemade meatballs we had worked on all day. After one bite of eating, the phone rang. It was another couple form our church who had been in a car accident and needed help getting home from the hospital. So Chris immediately left and went to go pick them up and see what he could do to help them. Praise the Lord they were doing ok after a pretty nasty accident. So here is where the "fun" soon as the girls knew Chris was long gone they started acting up, out of control! I was so embarrassed! They were screaming, reaching in the bowl of noodles with their hands, trying to take their shirts off at the was not pretty! At one point I went to talk with Kailey in her room and came back to the kitchen to find Lauryn buck naked dancing around the table while our poor guests were trying to finish their meal. Oh, I was livid with them. As soon as dinner was over, Chris got home. We immediately put the girls to bed and the rest of the evening was fine but, oh my...I was an absolute mess! It was an interesting evening. I will be surprised if anyone else from our church will accept a dinner invitation to our home. I hope so, but I can't blame them after last nights "entertainment".

I think we made an impression, just not the one I was wanting to make. Oh the joys of the terrible twos and (i haven't quite thought of the right expression)a four year old! I love my job as a full time mom and I love my girls so much, but some days I wish I could clock out and go on vacation. :)

Monday, September 7, 2009

Where Could I Go From Your Spirit

Today I read this scripture and was blessed! Take a minute to read it, Psalm 139:1-18.

This is such an awesome Psalm. So much is said here. God knows everything about us, He has searched us thoroughly and understands and knows all our thoughts. He knows how we will respond to things. Nothing we do or say could ever surprise Him. There is nowhere we can go to get away from Him, or to hide from Him. He knows where we are at all times. I find that quite comforting to know. He loves us so much that He would be that concerned for us. He is always there to guide us and to lead us (v: 10).

He knit us together in our mothers womb. We were woven together in the depths of the earth [a region of darkness and mystery] (v: 15). I love that description. We are like a beautiful embroidery the Lord has woven. He saw our unformed substance while we were being formed in the womb. All our days were written in His book, before we were even born (v: 16). How very special we are to the Lord. He has such an awesome plan for each of us. We are not here by accident. We have a purpose and a destiny in God. We are here for a reason. God has a dream and a vision that He has placed in each one of us, to fulfill.

How precious are His thoughts toward us. They out number the sand (v: 17-18). Isn’t that incredible? God must think about us all the time. This really struck me as I was reading this passage. To know we are on God’s mind that much. That He could care and be concerned with our lives that much, is such a comforting thing to know. What love is that!

May we today have a deeper sense of God’s presence with us wherever we may be, wherever we may go, whatever we may be doing today. Take comfort in knowing that God is thinking of you and is always with you.