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August 31, 2008
August 30, 2008
Since beginning to read Angie Smith's blog Bring the Rain Selah has become one of my all time favorite artists. This song called "Wonderful Merciful Savior" just touches my soul. It's so peaceful and powerful at the same time. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of my page and turn off my playlist so there will not be two songs playing at the same time. Hope you enjoy and for more TSMSS's visit Amy at Sign, Miracles and Wonders. She is running a giveaway for the next four weeks. It's pretty exciting over there and lots of fun. Hope you can join us! Thanks Amy!
Here are the words.
Precious Redeemer and Friend
Who would have thought that a Lamb
Could rescue the souls of men
Oh you rescue the souls of men
Counselor, Comforter, Keeper
Spirit we long to embrace
You offer hope when our hearts have
Hopelessly lost the way
Oh, we've hopelessly lost the way
You are the One that we praise
You are the One we adore
You give the healing and grace
Our hearts always hunger for
Oh, our hearts always hunger for
Almighty, infinite Father
Faithfully loving Your own
Here in our weakness You find us
Falling before Your throne
Oh, we're falling before Your throne
August 29, 2008
Granite : a hard stone and traditionally has required great skill to carve by hand
One of the things that the LORD constantly reminds me of is HIS mercy that I received when I am honest about my sin. Where I am in my walk with him is so sweet, yet challenging.. I love that I know without a doubt that I have this FRIEND I can be honest, real, and HE not be offended by anything I say. Last night as I was visiting a friend we had very encouraging conversation about trials, sufferings and what the LORD was doing in each of our lives. What humble moment that was for me... I left her house feeling very refreshed and encouraged to walk another day in acceptance in what the Lord's will for my life right now...
Remember the revelation I was talking about yesterday?? Here it comes, the LORD Is so faithful y'all, HE IS... He remembers me and I am nothing but dust... My friend read this excerpt from out of a book I am reading on trials and we both were blown away at what the LORD was saying to each of us through this entry:
' I once stood in the test room of a great mil. All around me were little partitions and compartments. Steel had been tested to the limit and marked with figures that showed its breaking point. Some pieces had been twisted until they broke, stretched to the breaking point and their tensile strength had been indicated. Some had been compressed to the crushing point, and also marked. The master of the steel mill knew just what these pieces of steel would stand under stain. He knew just what they would bear because his testing room revealed it. It is so often with God's children. God does not want us to be like vases of glass or porcelain. He would have us like these toughened pieces of steel, able to bear twisting and crushing to the uttermost without collapse. He wants us to be, not hothhouse plants but storm- beaten oaks; not sand dunes driven with every gust of wind, but granite rocks withstanding the fiercest storms. To make us such He must bring us into His testing room of suffering. Many of us need no other argument than our own experiences to prove that suffering is indeed God's testing room of faith." -J.H. McC
"It is very easy for us to speak and theorized about faith, but God often cast us into crucibles to try our gold, and to separate it from the dross and alloy. Oh, happy are we if the hurricanes that ripple life's unquiet sea have the effect of making Jesus more precious. Better the storm with Christ than smooth waters without Him."- Macduff
I have no words after that...I just asked that we all continue to encourage one another through the fire. We need each other. It was good last night for me to hear my sisters heart and not think about myself...Others are hurting as well, please feel free to share this with a sister you know who needs that extra push today..May the LORD continue to give us grace to endure. Have a great weekend! Please feel soooo free to leave comments! :)
That was awesome wasn't it? It has really helped my faith to grow and it has helped me to understand why things happen the way they do sometimes. I think about my own girls and how I have spoiled them so, and to some extent that is fine but I also look at the attitude that spoiling them has created. It has been a struggle to regain control and fight off the rebellion that is in their hearts as a result of a lack of discipline. Don't get me wrong my girls are good girls but you simply cannot give someone absolutely everything they want, you cannot protect them or excuse their actions with no consequences, leading them to believe that the world revolves around them and that the world owes them something without creating a monster. They need to appreciate what they have, they need to work for what they have, they need to learn to serve others, they need to be taught how to be humble. If they do not learn to be submissive to authority (which is often us the parents) then they will not be submissive to teachers, employers, they will struggle through life blaming everyone and everything for the problems in their lives but themselves. Most importantly they will not be submissive to the Lord.
Sometimes we have to take our hands back, the same way the Lord does with us and allow them to be twisted and marked, compressed and crushed to refine them and strengthen them to be able to handle what this life has for them and to be used for His glory. They must be trained if they are going to be mighty warriors for our King. Love can sometimes be confused with giving one their own way. If you love me, you'll do this. If you love me, you'll do that. I know many times my girls will tell me that I don't love them because I am disciplining them. How many times have I cried out and told God, "How could you love me if You allowed this to happen to me!" How many times have I cried out and told Him, "If you love me you'll answer this prayer!" How many times have I stamped my feet and demanded my own way or prayed prayers and when they weren't answered the way I seen fit I questioned His existence? I have missed many great lessons my Lord was trying to teach me. I have failed to see how I could have glorified my Father, My Savior in so many ways. I have refused to follow Him in His will if it did not line up with my will.
There are consequences for our actions. Yes the Lord forgives us and we should receive that forgiveness with no shame or guilt after repentance but there are still consequences when we choose to sin. There must also be consequences when our children refuse to obey.
Basically it was a wrong way of seeing things. I'm ever so grateful that the Lord is teaching me how to truly see Him. How deep His love truly is for me. How blessed I am to be a child of the King! I hope that this will help help other see our Lord through spiritual eyes and not through our physical ones. May God bless you all greatly this day!
My friend's blog For Yours Is The Kingdom.
August 27, 2008
I'm also thankful for the rain! :) God bless you and have a blessed Thankful Thursday.
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August 26, 2008
August 25, 2008
I know that the girls are going to enjoy and benefit from this little school. I'm not as emotional as I thought I would be. The tears haven't came as I expected, just a simple peace. I feel so right about our decision. I'm so thankful for that.
Here are a few pictures from the end of the last school year. We went and tried out the Christian school and these pictures are from a field trip. They are very reassuring to me that this is going to be a good thing for them.
They do look like they are having fun don't they?
P.S. There are pictures up of Heaven's mission trip in South Africa on our ministry blog if you would like to see them click below.
August 24, 2008
August 23, 2008
August 22, 2008
1 pound lean ground beef
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can chopped tomatoes
1 (10-ounce) can diced tomatoes and green chiles
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
1 bay leaf
1 (6-ounce) package medium egg noodles
6 green onions, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
1 cup sour cream
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese
Garnish: fresh parsley sprigs
PreparationCook ground beef in a large skillet over medium heat 5 to 6 minutes, stirring until it crumbles and is no longer pink. Drain.
Stir in chopped tomatoes and next 4 ingredients; cook 5 minutes. Add tomato paste and bay leaf, and simmer 30 minutes.
Cook egg noodles according to package directions; drain.
Stir together cooked egg noodles, chopped green onions, and sour cream until blended.
Place noodle mixture in bottom of a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Top with beef mixture; sprinkle evenly with cheeses.
Bake, covered with aluminum foil, at 350° for 35 minutes. Uncover casserole, and bake 5 more minutes. Garnish, if desired.
Note: Freeze casserole up to 1 month, if desired. Thaw in refrigerator overnight. Bake as directed.
To lighten: Substitute low-fat or fat-free sour cream and 2% reduced-fat Cheddar cheese. Reduce amount of cheeses on top to 1/2 cup each.
Makes 6 servings
August 21, 2008
August 19, 2008
August 18, 2008
Roxy has a grooming appointment tomorrow. She is a mess. She doesn't like to keep her hair up anymore. I have to redo it every morning to keep it out of her eyes and usually its out just a little while after. I have spent several hours over the past few days brushing and dematting her. I bathed her Saturday but it surely doesn't show today. She's just gotten too long. I'm going to have cut down really short with pom pom feet and puppy cut her face in hopes that it will help me keep her cleaner. Her breath has been ferocious!! I'm going to have to figure something out for that. She is still as precious as ever I just can't believe how much hair she has, and to think if I didn't groom her it would keep on growing!
August 15, 2008
Today I had to have blood drawn and when Heaven and I returned home we started cleaning and I began to fix our favorite dish, Enchilada Pie. I had extra enchilada sauce in the fridge and when I went to get the container out the lid popped off and the bowl flipped and that RED sauce poured down the back of the inside of my refrigerator. I couldn't stop the tears of frustration. Heaven and I worked and worked to clean that sauce up but it stained the plastic lining. Then while Heaven was trying to clean out from around the light bulbs one popped on her and she started crying. I had to laugh then! What a struggle. Lately that seems to be happening to me. Everything I touch either breaks or spills. It's been a rough week.
I'll try to be back as soon as I can. Tony just came through the door so I need to go. Just wanted to let everyone know I'm alive! Hugs.