Saturday, August 29, 2009
John 16:33 (Amplified Bible)
"I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.] "
2 Corinthians 4:7 - 10
"We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure.This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves. We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. we are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies."
...driving with my hubby to Lubbock for a birthday party, he leaned over, squeezed my hand, and said, "Baby you look hot!"
I took a deep breath, blushed a little, and soaked in the moment. I have to admit, I was shocked because I usually don't hear those words. I mean a stay-at-home mom just doesn't get the chance every day to dress-up and dazzled her mate, right??? =) In order document the moment for those days I start to feel frumpy, dumpy, and lumpy, I grabbed my handy dandy camera and said, "Cheese!"Ha!
...trying to figure out what we were going to do about our broken coffee table, my hubby decided we should go to Ashley Furniture and buy THESE. They match our entertainment center...more pics to come when the furniture comes in! By the way, if you are wondering how our table broke, I will give you three clues: Kade, trickster, cannon-ball. Need I say more?
...listening to boys eat Pop Rocks for the first time, I thought to myself, "I am glad I didn't miss this. Thank you Jesus for the little things!!!" Their faces were filled with surprise and pure amazement...it was priceless!!! Pop, PoP, pOp!!!
...checking my emails, I realized I am going back to college on Monday night.
I CAN'T WAIT!!! I am sooooooooo EXCITED!!!
Daphne Delay is teaching the class, In-Christ Realities, at I.C.E. I am just "auditing" the class, but still, I feel the need to go buy a new pencil and notebook!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Yes, it is that good, and I am that weird! Ha!
I heard Joyce give some interesting facts last week:
#1) 2 million people left the bondage and slavery of Egypt for the Promise Land. Back then, they only counted the men (600,000), but if you add in women and children the scholars estimate 2 million plus...
Only 2 entered the Promise Land. (Hmm...)
Matthew 7:14 "But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and ONLY A FEW EVER FIND IT!"
#2 ) It was only an 11 day journey to the Promise Land...
It took them 40 years to reach the Promise Land...
Scholars say the story of the Israelites leaving Egypt is a type to our salvation. They were slaves to the Egyptians, we were slaves to sin and death. The Israelites were delivered just as we were, but where did they wake-up the next day?
In the wilderness.
I think this is so profound. Many Christians, me included, get saved and expect to wake-up the next morning in the Promise Land. Anybody with me?
But God's Word says, we have to "work-out" our salvation (Phil 2:12). Our spirit is saved the day we except Christ, but our soul (mind, heart, emotions, feelings) need to be transformed by the renewing of our minds, so that we can enter into our Promise Land.
What is our Promise Land?
I believe our Promise Land on earth is the place where we realize, experience, and walk in ALL OF GOD'S PROMISES: love, joy, peace, righteousness, etc. Our Promise Land is the place where all of our head knowledge becomes heart knowledge...TRUE REVELATION. It is the place where no matter what storm the king of the world throws at us, we are not shaken because we fully understand WHO WE ARE IN CHRIST. We have FULLY RECEIVED OUR INHERITANCE AND KNOW THE AUTHORITY THAT IS OURS IN JESUS NAME!!! We don't have to wait for heaven...we inherit the Kingdom of God the day we proclaim Jesus as our Lord and Savior.
Kenneth Hagin Jr. said, "You will never rise above your understanding of who you are In Christ." Okay, I am getting off on a rabbit trail, that will be another post, another day! =)
what's was the problem with the Isrealites? Joyce says it was their "Wildnerness Mentality" or "wrong mind-set".
Wildnerness Mentality #1 - They didn't know where they were going.
Proverbs 29:18 KJV "Where there is no vision the people perish..."
They believed their past (Egypt) and their present (wilderness) was their future. They didn't know where they were going!!! They didn't believe God's promise because the journey was taking too long. They were looking at their circumstances past/present with the world's eyes and not their "faith eyes". Hmm...
They kept going around and around and around the mountain I will call, "Complaining!"
1. They complained instead of pressing through (Numbers 14:2, 3).
2. Their bad thoughts were turned inside out and revealed in bad attitude (Numbers 20:2-4).
3. They lacked gratitude (Numbers 21) The NLT says in Numbers 21:4b
"...But the people grew impatient with the long journey and began to speak against God..."Why have you brought us out of Egypt to die here in the wilderness?" they COMPLAINED. "There is nothing to eat here and nothing to drink. And we hate this horrible manna!"
I had to read, and reread, and reread those verses this morning. How many times have I, like the Israelites...
1. Grown impatient.
2. Began to speak against God (or began to not BELIEVE His promises)3. Become UNSATISFIED with His provisions (His daily manna).
So I closed my book, put down my pen, and told myself to get the right mind-set.
***I told myself that with God all things are possible.
***I told myself to start walking by faith and not by what I see and feel .
***I told myself to start calling things that are not as though they are according to God's promises (Romans 4:17).
My questions for you:
Do you know where you are going?
Which of God's promises do you recall when the storms of this life come upon you?
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
The last 4 1/2 years have been more than I could have ever hoped for, but the next chapter holds treasures too!
My baby started Pre-School today. He will be going to Levelland Christian School MWF mornings from 8:30-11:30.
I thought I would cry today, but I was so full of joy I didn't even get misty-eyed.
I KNOW that God has anointed Drew's life. God has good plans for Drew, plans that are filled with a future and hope (and Drew always adds in "big Bobcat muscles" when I tell him about God's promise =). I just couldn't help but dream a little today what those plans might be. Glimmer from the gifts God has given Drew have started showing already, and I tell you I was so full of hope today it just had to be pouring out of my ears.
The boys morning started around 7...they enjoyed a little "wake-up" time in Daddy's chair watching the Cars.
Kade wakes up ready to eat, but Drew has to have at least 30 minutes !
Drew loves it...I need to order a plate for Kade (I am making myself a note to call her!)
Daddy and Drew
After we dropped off Drew, Kade and I headed back to the car.
He wasn't as broken-up about it as I thought he'd be!!!
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
The first few minutes I felt really guilty about being there and really embarrassed about my feet
my book light, a pillow, and my smile and we set out to catch some croppe!!!
Tamara and Stacy...they look like they could be sisters!!!
(Left to Right: Misty, Mandi, Tamara, Jennifer, Nicki, Chelsea, Shannon, Stacy, and Baby Mikah)
Ronnie and the boys came home yesterday afternoon after I ran errands and went to the grocery store by MYSELF. (sigh)
It was great!!!