Sunday, September 18, 2016
I have had many people struggle with the fact that I have been to Ukraine twice on a mission trip how come I spend all that money and time to travel halfway across the world to share the gospel with people that have an amazing faith. The thing that hit me more this past month and a half since I have been home is the amount of people I have shared the stories of faith that the people have there and how God provided for us each step of the way.
The first place I shared was with the kids in my group in Ukraine which was 12 kids they went home shared with their families. I would guess even if they just had two people each of them shared with that is 24 more people that got to hear about Jesus. The youth night I meet 26 youth plus 6 adults and if they each shared with one more person that I was saved because I wanted to go to heaven after finding out my sister was dying than that is now 66 people that have heard about Jesus. We also had a ladies night that my teammate shared at that had 16 or so people at that we hope shared with up to one person about where they went that night that brings it up to almost one hundred people that learned about Gods love for the first time or just a reminder when some of them may have been down and needing to have hope from somewhere. On our way through the airports, we were asked by 6-10 security personal about what we did on our travels along with the people on our flights that asked us. When we got back in the state my family and friends found out about a few things that I shared on facebook so that is another hundred or so people. We shared with our Church and the women's group here so they could once again see the results of what God was doing through their time and funds they put into the trip we are now well over 400 people that heard about it. Then I shared with my dentist and his assistant, the hair stylist, our waiter was shocked I like straight up tea well that came from the trip to Ukraine so I shared with her. So would you spend $10 to share with someone about the gospel because when it comes down to the $ which we Americans put in such a high standard on was it worth the money? NO Doubt in my mind it was!
My team member and I could go in secret and give the food shelter $6000 worth of food but then how does that spread the gospel?
We could and I now hope to see something more done here with less. I hope to see things
open up to do family movie nights at our church to open up the doors that we could use the building to bring his people in and fellow ship that they would eventually come to hear and see Christ lived out. Today what do I feel God is calling me to do? I feel God is calling me to just love everyone I meet no matter what the background they come from or the clothing they wear. When you don't think you can share the gospel remember that you are the gospel if you have a story where God showed up when you least expected it. I have lots of hard thing in life that I have been through and I could sit and dwell on them. Trust me there are days where I know Satin is wanting me to do just that. I find the days that I feel the most like pouting and staying in bed are the days I end up having the most doors open and see God at work after it is all said and done.
My prayer for you today is that God would put a fire in you to share with just one person one thing that he has done in your life that you can't help but know that you were blessed by. This can be as simple as having a friend call you to as big as a life changing event that you know God played a huge role in. Look for the little things and you will find big blessings.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
1The LORD is my shepherd,
I shall not want.
He leads me beside quiet waters.
He guides me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
I fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You have anointed my head with oil;
My cup overflows.
Thursday, May 5, 2016
I just wrote a poem for a dear prayer warrior of mine and placed it with a picture of her hands. It tells the little bit of the path her hands have been on and how they have blessed others. With that I wondered if my kids or others ever sit down and think about my hands what would they think of my hands. My hands have not done near enough holding and caressing my kids as they should have, I am a stern mom when it comes to injuries "Get up and keep going." I will usually say. My hands can be demanding at times. Then I think of the times my hands do cuddle the kids and hold them after a bad day at school. I have not been the best at letting my kids see my hands in prayer even though I pray they are not always folded. My hands do lay on them as I tuck them in most nights and say the same prayer that the kids have begged for as it is our bedtime prayer. If I think about it I hope that what my kids know my hands for is that they did have love and as they get older they see the little bumps and bangs were making them tough enough but when they needed my hands for the rougher stuff my hands where there full of love.
What hands do you remember growing up? Did you have someone that had hands of love and protection. I know some of you had hands that you feared and my question to you is what are the hands you have and how will they impact the Generations to come.
My kids all know that Hannah prayed daily for our family and my husbands health the day I went to see Hannah for possibly the last time my oldest daughter came with me and what a blessing it was to share that time with her as well. Hannah as of this morning is still with us but we know her days are very near the end and with that It brings me to reflect on my hands.
I thank you for the hands of others who come along side of me and carry me through the tough stuff. I thank you for the hands that twitch with laughter as friends are gathered. I thank you for the hard working hands that bring us what you provide. Lord I thank you for the hard times as I know that some have lost their hands and I thank you for the Dr.s that are their to care for them along with the people that you intrust to care for those that have emotional battles because of it. Lord I think you that you have blessed me with the hands that pray more than anything. I pray for those who struggle with the fear of the hands that should be there to love and care for them. Lord I pray that you open the eyes to the angry hands that they will come to find you. Thank you Jesus For your love and the sacrifice of taking nails in your hands that we might have hope in heaven.
In Jesus name AMAN
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Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Well, lets just say I don't make much of an agenda for Feb 23rd today I had to work (I sub in my kids school) and then we went out to eat. I tend to make this an easy day each year as it is the anniversary of my sisters death.
We pulled into Dairy Queen and there he was waiting in his truck with a bouquet of flowers. Yellow roses and purple flowers they were beautiful he gave them to me than kissed the kids and said goodnights since he wouldn't be home than on his way he went. I decided that the drive thru would be best being I was not in that great of mood to sit in the restaurant with the kids. I remember that I am not a fan of the drive thru or the DQ in our town as the workers are not the fastest.
After pulling up to the window and paying for the order I expressed my frustration to my oldest and she said lets give her a rose. The look on her face was priceless. The lady working about cried she said Yellow roses are my favorite flower she had been admiring the bouquet from the window. How can I express the joy it brought to our car. My three children had experienced what a simple thing can do for others especially those whom we struggle with.
Monday, February 15, 2016
The past few weeks have been eye openers for me. Who God is wanting me to be has really on the for front of my mind. He has called me to slow down and search for him in all I do. Take back the fast paced environment that has been leading me to a never feeling good enough feeling. A feeling of nothing I do is worthy of my time. This makes me then ask myself what is it that God has called me to for him not me.
I don't know other than to slow down and let him lead. We tend to lead our own path and we want to be in control of what we have planned for the days to come but what if we are not supposed to be where we thought we should be. What if that's a selfish and impatient decision not even close to what God is calling us to do? Do we really look at it and change the plans we have to mach Gods or do we move forward with the plan in hopes that it is OK enough that God will be able to see we have the best plan anyway.
Are you willing to step up and change what you thought God had for you when you realize his plan is much harder maybe even painful at times but after we complete the plan we may see that the hard times made it worth our time.
Saturday, January 16, 2016
Basics of composition in my mind is the focus point is #1
I LOVE A GOOD FOCUS POINT!
Image two has the focus point in the front more and it has a leading diagonal line that almost looks like it is pointing out the main focus point.