Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Where joy comes from

In a world where folks run around looking for 'temporary forms of happiness", do we really know what true joy is ? Where to find it? How to have it? That deep rooted joy that doesn't come and go, doesn't waiver, and is always there - even in the midst of awful, terrible trials...........

Psalm 16
1 Keep me safe, O God, for in you I take refuge.
2 I said to the LORD, "You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing ."
Here is where I'm coming from; We are yuk. We are nothing. We all deserve Hell. Why? Because we're all born sinners, right? Only by Jesus Christ himself dying on a cross, are we free and clear of all that we are, and deserve. When we place our trust, our faith, our lives in Him, and make Him Lord of all - then we know that we'll spend eternity in Heaven with our Creator!

Cool stuff.

Okay, but that doesn't mean we won't have trials, right? Nor, does it mean that we still won't struggle with sin, right?? Those things will continue to happen - not like the preachers on tv like you to believe that if you "come to Jesus - everything will be all peaches and cream"......nope.
It's when we obey His word then we really get things a-movin' !!!!
If all we focus on is ourselves, our hardships, our struggles, our problems....we are gonna find no-good-thing !
Our focus needs to be outward, not inward - we need to fix our eyes on Jesus.
My heart is that you would seek Him, ask if there are areas in your life you need to fix (don't we all...)and that you would find peace in our Heavenly Father -

He's a good God.......

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

" People let me tell you 'bout my best friend....."

Can anyone remember the 70's tv series that came from? I actually hated the show, thought it was boring. The song drove me nuts too.......BUT ~
the reason it popped into my head is that I want to brag-talk-mention-write about my best friend ;

My Husband.

The man.

In a culture where you constantly hear women putting down men, you rarely hear good - and you know they're out there! How incredibly sad........
Well, I have an amazing one. Sure he has his faults, don't we all? But I choose to look at the good, and my man has many wonderful, God given, good qualities.
He is not afraid to speak truth. In any, and every, situation.
He is bold in his faith, and it draws other men to him.
He is passionate for Gods word. I love this!
I could go on about how stinkin' cool this guy is.......but I have a purpose for writing this;

What do you admire in your man? Come on now, think about it - even if you can't stand him right now, you can come up with something!
If you always focus on the negative, then thats what your gonna get!
By Gods grace, with the right mind set and heart, you can...........wait a sec, here. I know what some of you are thinking; "oh, here we go. This is all good for her..."
You can change things. Did you hear that?
YOU can change things, even if it looks impossible, or your done - your simply done trying. Again, by Gods GRACE and a little work on your part - things can be amazing.
I know. I'm living it.

Okay, my rule here; if you leave a comment - you must include one good trait that you appreciate in your man, something you love about him.......alright?

Blessings ~

Friday, April 13, 2007

You never know

Every Thursday night, I get to lead a small group of girls in a youth program - it's actually a 'pre-youth group' for younger kids before they get old enough to go to the older youth group.
I've been doing this for 3 years (it's a 4 year commitment).
There are nights when I leave thinking "did they get it, tonight? Did they get anything?" But then; when I see them laughing together, or hugging (and hanging) all over me - which is what we end up spending most of our time doing, we're probably the goofiest group in that building because we are always cracking up - I realize;
They get it.
And, you never know; to think of their lives 15-20 years from now.....what will they remember?Every Thursday night I go in there praying that God will use me in their little lives, that I would only share His truth with them, and then only, only what He wants me to share.
You just never know.
But I know I sure love those little stinkers!!

I also ran into a dear-sweet-cutiepie friend of mine who goes to the same
Hairdresser as I do...........remember my " hd " story??????
She had just gone to see her, and the first thing hd told my friend about was the outdoor patio set that Kristy gave her and how she couldn't believe that I would do something like that.........my friend had it all figured out. She has invited hd to go along with her to go kayaking!! We are praying that between the two of us lovin
' on this girl; well, you know what God can do !!!!
Oh yea!

Hey all ! Make sure you have an awesome weekend!
Love you guys!!

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

By the way........the beach was amazing !!
(myself, and two of my 3 peeps)
Oh yes ~ once again D & D; we just love you guys - thanks for such a fun weekend!

Monday, April 09, 2007

.......the miracle of adoption........

........a beautiful child.......

.....a daddy to forever hold her hand......
My sweet friend, Amy, met her precious daughter today in China. I think the pictures say it all.
Amy ~ God bless your precious family.
He is so good.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

It is a BEE-u-TA-FUWL day here in Oregon!!
ohyea uhhuh ohyea uhhuh!
We are heading out for the weekend, so I just wanted to wish my incredibly cool, you totally bless me, I think you all rock - bloggy friends, a
Blessed Easter!
**"Christ the Lord is risen today ~ Alleighlu-uuuuuu-ya !!'**
Okay, so just to rub it in a bit; we are spending Easter weekend at the BEACH BABY !!
Ahhh yes - I get to have un-interrupted time with the Man of my Dreams ( yes, you stinkers, that would be my husband - who happens to be THE MAN !) and 3 of the coolest kids (again - MY own !).
Oh yes - it's all good.
Have a wonderful weekend guys !!