August 31, 2008

Be Still Sunday # 2

I'm a little late again this Sunday. It's hard for me to get here some Sundays. I hope you have had a wonderfully blessed Sunday!


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August 30, 2008

Then Sings My Soul Saturdays-3

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.
Wonderful, merciful Savior
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

Sharing Words of Knowledge

I have a bloggy friend who shared something today that really brought me a lot of understanding. Over the last couple of years I've wrestled with my beliefs in terms of denomination so to speak. I came from being a baptist all my life into a strong word of faith church and then God moved us to a different church. It is still considered word of faith but with so much more understanding, not just name it and claim it. I've learned that I must conform to God's will and NOT try and conform His will to my life/wants/desires. It's been a journey that is for sure. He is in control NO matter what happens. He isn't punishing me, He loves me. He knows whats best for me. He is my Father. The post below elaborates on this. Thank-you my friend for allowing me to share your revelation.

Begin share~
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! :)
End Share

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

Thankful Thursday

Today I am thankful for so many things. I am thankful for meeting other Christian bloggers and thankful that the Lord uses us to help one another. Its great to meet other people with like struggles and you always bump into those who have been through so much more than you have. When you meet those people and see how they've handle their battle you learn that you have so much more growing to do and that you aren't as far along as you thought you were. To me that is always a wonderful revelation because then you are able to move deeper into your own relationship with God. You also realize that you are not alone. Sometimes the enemy wants to single you out and separate you from everything and everyone else so he can really come against you but the Lord is always opening doors and windows to allow us to see past the moment. This week I've had such sweet reminders of my God being in complete control. Complete control. Not the enemy but my sweet Father in Heaven, My Savior His Son Jesus Christ and the precious Holy Spirit. For this I am ever grateful and very thankful.

I'm also thankful for the rain! :) God bless you and have a blessed Thankful Thursday.

For more Thankful Thursdays visit Sting My Heart

August 26, 2008

First Day of School!!

And I have no pics! What?!?! Yeppers I forgot my camera. But on the brighter side the girls had a great day. I was so glad to hear about friends made and work done. It's raining here so they didn't have P.E. and they were both ecstatic about that! LOL! I just stopped by for a second to let everyone know how it went. Great Day! Praise the Lord!

August 25, 2008

Tomorrow is the Big Day

I can't believe it but Sky and Meadow are going to start school tomorrow at our local Christian school. I'm excited and nervous at the same time. After seven years of homeschooling this is going to be a major change for me and for them. Meadow is already pleading with me to continue to homeschool her but I think that is just a tinge of fear. This year the school is trying a new schedule and they will only have to go to school 4 days a week. Monday-Thursday. They will have every Friday off. This leaves me a day for dentist and doctors appointments so hopefully they won't have miss much school at all.

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.

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August 24, 2008

Be Still Sunday

I'm a little late but posting this anyway. I really like this idea.


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August 23, 2008

Then Sings My Soul Saturdays-2

This song is by Kellie Coffey. I love how it shows struggle and then offers hope. It shows God answers prayer. For more Then Sings My Soul Saturdays visit Amy at Signs, Miracles and Wonders

August 22, 2008


It's pretty today and the house is clean. We are going to have leftovers for dinner, left over Beef Lombardi, one of our favorite dishes, with dinner rolls and maybe mashed potatoes. Dh called and he is coming home from work early. I'm ecstatic. A long weekend together. We are going to try and install a closet organizer in Meadow's room and tomorrow night we are going to a combo birthday party for my nephew Tyler and my daughter Heaven who just turned the big 18. I just look forward to spending some time with my family. Here is the Beef Lombardi recipe from Southern Living. It's yummy! I hope you all have a blessed weekend.

Beef Lombardi


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


Cook 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

Southern Living, OCTOBER 2003

August 21, 2008

Thankful Thursday

Today I am Thankful for time.

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August 19, 2008

August 18, 2008

Roxy is a mess!

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

Tired lately

I'm sorry for my absence. Heaven is home and doing well. She has decided to wait one year before leaving for college. She just celebrated her 18th birthday Wednesday. My baby isn't a baby anymore! The girls have had VBS this week and we are getting ready for their new school which starts week after next. I'm so excited for them and do pray that they like it.

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.