Friday, December 31, 2010
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Thursday, December 23, 2010
Jesus - the Gift. and the Giver.
I find it slightly humorous that on Jesus' birthday we not only reflect on the best gift of all, but we receive gifts as well. We celebrate the life of Jesus and because of His life we are blessed. So like the Lord.... always giving instead of taking... serving... never wanting the light to be on self, but wanting to shine His light on others.
A few of us girls were going to take a shopping trip to a city nearby and stop to see a light show that a family holds at their house. They deck out the yard/house with over a million Christmas lights and synchronize it to music. I saw it a few years ago and wanted to show my mother and some other girl friends who haven't.
I sat down to look up the address so we would know where we were going and came across their webpage. I was greeted with the news that the light show was very dark this year.
Come to find out their five year old daughter, Laurel, was born with a rare disease and is spending not only Christmas, but the next three months in a hospital in Dallas so that she can go through chemo and get treatment.
Laurel is not allowed to have visitors, balloons, or plants, but she can receive cards... and she loves them. After reading all about their story and viewing their sweet pictures I found an address where you can send cards.
c/o Children’s Medical Center
1935 Medical District Drive
Dallas, Texas 75235
Do you feel like giving today?
It'll not only be a gift to Laurel, but the Lord as well!
Imitate Christ today!
Shine His light!
Monday, December 20, 2010
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Sunday, November 28, 2010
Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel...
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
I was going to give that last statement an exclamation point, but it looked entirely too exciting and he doesn't deserve that. The enemy is anything but fun.
The first few days of my break he tried to fill my mind with thoughts of worthlessness and incapability when it comes to teaching. Thankfully I caught on quickly to his schemes. To let him ruin my week of rest and recooperation would be silly.
Yesterday and today he has tried to fill my mind with other doubts towards where I stand with Jesus.
It's as if satan has a checklist... Starting with where you are and then moving down to older struggles if the current one doesn't work.
I don't have scripture or anything to back that up, but I know that's how it seems in my own life. Amazingly i've caught on and learned to fight.
But i'm not always successful.
Tonight I was feeling extremely beaten, so I decided to look back through my blog posts for proof of Jesus in my life.
January is packed full. But it's neat to glance even further back just a month before.
And so i'm thankful... thankful for blogger; my online journal. For evidence of Him.
Thank you for technology and the ability to quickly type something and be able to look at it later. I needed to see proof tonight. Jesus, I don't even know where to begin when it comes to praying tonight. So i'll just say thank You and ask that you not only mentally prepare me for tomorrow, but in all other aspects as well... prepare my heart. I don't want to simply be thankful on Thanksgiving or in the month of November. Will You change my heart? Will You give me a thankful heart? A heart that embraces every moment and opportunity and realizes all that I am blessed with in this life. I need You. Sometimes I just want to go outside and scream - I need You, Jesus. I love You... even when I fail to show it.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
I found this link and immediately thought of Katy, but instead of searching for her email address :) I figured it'd be easier to post on here. And now you all can enjoy it as well!!
Katy loves to make crafts with her kids and these crafty holiday garland ideas are definitely kid friendly! I might have to add these to my binder full of "things to remember when I have a family".
This post on Mason Jar Crafts also looks fun! I love nuetral colors!
Friday, November 19, 2010
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10
I think many of us can so relate to the “get through” feeling that seems to overwhelm and consume us at times.
The enemy definitely wants to convince us that we aren't capable of JOY in all circumstances and that the abundant life isn’t for us, but the Lord tells us quite the opposite!
I don’t care if it’s one day before Thanksgiving break or one hour… He promises JOY in that moment (not happiness because believe me my children were loonies, but constant sustaining joy).
May we constantly choose to stop, pray and beg Him for eyes that realize ABUNDANCE and JOY are available to us TODAY, in THIS place, no matter our current mood, feelings, or anticipation for what may be next.
Believe Him for it…. fight the enemy when he puts any other thought in your mind.