Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Emily's 2nd Birthday

Just two years ago, little Emily was born on 10/24/08.

I remember this day so perfectly. I was overwhelmed with huge joy and delight. My heart bursted with excitement at the thought that I would someday (if the Lord allowed ) be blessed with a little child of my own. Fear also crept in with the thought that "What if God didn't have anyone for me (a husband)?"... What if? That thought broke my joy and made me cry. My sister, my wonderful sister, comforted me. She somehow knew God had a wonderful man for me. I tried to believe her.


Now two years later, celebrating 2 years of little Emily, the man of my prayers has arrived, not only arrived, but we're engaged! And who would've known? My hearts desire has been satisfied, and one day, if the Lord has it, we will have our own little ones. Yipee! Just a little story to encourage you, if you are seeking the Lord diligently and praying for a husband, I can't promise you will get one, however, I can promise that prayer moves mountains. God really does delight in our desires (pure desires) when we delight in Him.


Happy Two Years Emily!


Big Sister Autumn! Talk about an answer to prayer and a blessing as well... love this little girl.


Miss Rhonda Reeves, an amazing granny, with her two baby grandkids :)


All of us together! Although we're all not looking at the camera **wink**

Momma (my wonderful sis) & baby Emily!
Love you little Emily, and thank you Lord for the blessing of family and answered prayer.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Jesus and the sheep?

So often, we see the picture of Jesus holding the little sheep and think it's cute, right? That's what I've thought & I've actually not understood it completely until today. I'd always ponder... "Why does Jesus hold sheep?"... almost like it was a dorky thing. This is because I was being naive and not leaning on the scriptures to find the true answer to this. 
I did not see that in all actuality the sheep represents me.
This changes the way I view this picture.




Did you know that there are 257 scriptures in the Bible pretaining to the shepherd & sheep? This fact MUST mean there is important message from God to us. Look at how happy this little lamb is, how content. Doesn't the lamb just look safe? I don't know how something can "look safe" but this little lamb has got that look going on completely. The scriptures refer to us(people) as sheep(christians), or lost sheep(non-christians), and Jesus as the good Shepherd, sent from Heaven by God the Father.

This is Jesus talking in John 10:11-1711 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. 13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.



14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen(lost sheep). I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. 17 The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”



Did you know that sheep are nearsighted and actually quite dumb? Ha, yep. And God's saying that is OUR fallen state, we are sheep/lost sheep in desperate need of a good Shepherd to lead us, protect us, teach us, & lay down His life for us.


Jesus Again in Matthew 18:12-14 says:


12 "If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? 13 And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. 14 In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish."






God is all about seeking and saving the lost sheep. How amazing is our God? Words cannot express.  I pray this blesses you and helps you see the love of our Heavenly Father today. Jesus is not what religion portrays, He's a heart that pumps everything our heart desires and longs for... safety, love, protection, gentleness, and most of all GUIDANCE... we need guidance. As sheep need guidance, we need guidance. We can't do this life alone. I will never look at pictures with the good Shepherd and sheep ever the same!  I need Jesus.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Redemption- Poem of my Salvation

The tears, the pain, the lies, the hurt




becoming whole is hard with a past that lurks




the lurking voice that just won't quit,



Telling me I'm worthless, no good, and in no way legit.


Insecurity, Assumption, and Pride





Plagues my heart and makes me hide.





"Come out" You say with your gentle whisper...





"I have more for you than this you see





But you must turn from the past and follow Me."





You go on to say with a kind voice,





"I can't promise the road to Me will be painless,





But I do promise to heal you so that you may see,





you've always been my beautiful princess,




From everlasting to everlasting, this has always been your identity."




A princess, I ponder, is what I've always longed to be....





But this world has always told me I'm less than the Bible says of me...





I think it's time to listen to my Savior's voice





and turn around to follow Thee.





Into the Light of my Savior I go....




not knowing what will come about,




But He's worthy of my whole heart, this I know...




He tells me this life will be hard, but not to fear.





I believe Him, because He promises He's near.





and His promises are the only thing that lasts.




So now I walk with security, and reject the voices of my past....






because I'm loved and redeemed by my Prince Jesus Christ.





I feel Safe




this gentle yoke of Jesus will guide me into Heaven's gates.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

My Birthday

My morning began at the Montgomery County Park with my Bible, pen & Journal

 My Journal started with this...  for everyone older than 23, please don't be alarmed... it's just a feeling. (wink)
I began trying to write about the past 22nd year of my life; all God has done, all I am thankful for, and all my prayers on behalf of what I wanted to learn from the Lord this year... when suddenly, I had to stop and gaze at where I was. It was like for the first time, God didn't want me to write to Him, but He wanted me to enjoy Him in the presence of His beautiful creation. So instead of pouring myself into my journal... I simply sat still, and enjoyed the scenery.
I experienced a strong sense of peace here. It was the sense that simplicity is all that's needed for peace. The simplicity of enjoying God's creation, delighting in and being thankful for what's around us. I realized that God is glorified in our stillness, in our thankfulness. I was glad to be here, and could have stayed here all day.



 After a wonderful morning at the park, Kalen and I went to the Market Street art show and hung out with our Small Group. Justin (Below) and his wife Brooke (next picture) and their daughter Charlotte ( Below), host a Small Group every Thursday night. We are currently reading Revelation and getting a lot of challenging words from the Lord. I enjoy walking through life with these people. :)


 The beautiful girls: Brooke on the far right, me, and Ashley from my small group.
(We're just missing Tambra)


After a nice afternoon on Market Street looking at art, Kalen's Aunt Kirie and Uncle James (From Ft. Worth & in town for a wedding) treated us to a new Italian restaurant in Conroe called Vero. They knew the owner of the restuarant so we got to try every entree for free! Even Dessert (my favorite part)! I really enjoyed meeting the rest of Kalen's family. They are definately a blessing. I was happy that Kalen's brother Michael (in the pink), and his Parents Keely (in the gray), and David (in the orange) were there too. I'm very blessed... 

After a life-giving morning with the Lord, afternoon at Market Street, and getting spoiled at the new Italian restuarant, Keely (my wonderful soon-to-be Mother in law), ordered me this delicious cake from the bakery. We celebrated my birthday at the Houck House, and I felt very special. I was thanking the Lord for all He has done this past year with Kalen and I, and His family!
Well... That's my day friends. I hope and pray you were blessed by the sneak-peak into my life. I want to revert back to my morning for just a second. Thankfulness and delighting in the simple things in life is the key to having a healthy relationship with the Lord. I'm going to have to keep reminding my self of this, however, I believe it to be a strong, life-changing truth. With all that said, I will end with... God loves me way more than I deserve and I'm not worthy of all He has done for me! 

 This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One says:


"In repentance and rest is your salvation,


in quietness and trust is your strength."     
 - Isaiah 30:15

Friday, September 17, 2010

Engagement pictures! Scriptures from Psalm 34: 1-10

I will extol the LORD at all times;
His praise will always be on my lips;
My soul will boast in the LORD;
let the afflicted hear and rejoice.

Glorify the LORD with me;


let us exalt His name together.


I sought the Lord; and He answered me :)
He delivered me from all my fears
Those who look to Him are radiant
There faces are never covered with shame.
Taste and see that the Lord is Good

Blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him
The lions may grow weak and hungry,

but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

A quote I found very interesting...

"In order to discover the character of people we have only to observe what they love." Augustine

I've also heard a quote that says "Whatever you feed on(expose yourself to; give the most time to) will become what you hunger most." My character is found in what I love. Very interesting.....



My prayer for you and I is that our love would be found in God (who is the provider of everything live-giving and good.)

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Do everything in love

This note is based off the scripture of 1 Corinthians 16:14

" Do everything in Love. "


God calls us to live a life of love.

Where our motives are love.

Where are actions are based on love.

Where are words are used to

BUILD others up

in love...


God's definition of love:

Love is patient,

love is kind.

It does not envy,

it does not boast,

it is not proud.

It is not rude,

it is not self-seeking,

it is not easily angered,

it keeps no record of wrongs.

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

It always protects,

always trusts,

always hopes,

always perseveres.
Love never fails







... The most EXCELLENT way...

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Surrender

My mind wanders to so many places,
but You, Oh Lord,
You never falter.

You remain sure and steadfast.
Your ways bring peace and love,
Mine bring destruction and death.

Your Word declares freedom and Strength,
as my flesh strains for control...
It's only when I let it go And trust in You,
That the freedom of the cross stills my being.

Lord, you truly died to set me free--
But I kick, pull, hesitate, and strategize--
Its me that makes my life a struggle,
Its You that picks me up out of the puddle.

You are worthy of my mind and my so called strength,
To You I owe everything I am; my love, my life,
my dedication and thanks.

The freedom that you died for me to have,
only comes through my surrender,
I must surrender
I must surrender
I must surrender

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Stillness, Contenment, & Humility

I am learning the value of stillness, contentment, & humility (the quality or condition of being humble; modest opinion or estimate of one's own importance) ... and thanking the Lord for graciously giving me the importance I so desire.


Thank you Jesus Christ.


I love you.


In my weakness You are strong,


In my pain You are healer,


In You


I can be still and content and humbly accept


the pain this life brings.


Knowing that You have been through it all,


You know my pain,


You know my hurt,


You are my Savior and I can trust you with all that I am.
**Control brings pain on ourselves... but surrender to the Lord of all the earth brings peace, contentment and divine strength...Bless His Name! His praise will be continually on my lips!**
Psalm 34
Taste and See That the LORD Is Good

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

The Key is Love

Goodmorning!

I have a cool story to share. :)

Monday afternoon around 3ish, I was riding in the car with Kalen and his family, and I just began to pray for peace of mind. At that moment a lot was going on in my mind, with the wedding, with school coming up, with the future, with everything. I was just plain worrying, which God says not to do. The first scripture that came to my mind was Philippians 4:8 "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and supplication, with THANKSGIVING, let your requests be known to God, and the God of all peace will GUARD your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus." This scripture always soothes my soul when I begin to meditate on it and do what it says.

Also when I find myself worrying or feeling far away from my Lord, I look up into the sky and am reminded of God's beauty and sovereignty. This time when I looked into the sky, The clouds made the shape of a key. On the end of the key was a heart. This was amazing to me! It came to me that the KEY to peace of mind is LOVE. Love for the heavenly Father, and love for the people around me!

In Matthew 22: 37, Jesus says: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.

The Key to peace of mind is Love! If I'm loving God and trusting Him with my future, what is there to worry about? If I'm loving others, I'm not thinking about myself. Which leaves no room in my mind to be anxious or worry.
This love is what drove Jesus to suffer and lay down His life for us...



Monday, May 31, 2010

Trust

~Trust~




Here are the Definitions from Dictionary.com:

–verb
(used without object)
13. to rely upon or
place confidence in
someone or something (usually fol. by in or to): to trust in
another's
honesty; trusting to luck.
14. to have confidence; hope: Things
work out
if one only trusts.
–verb (used with object)
16. to
have trust or confidence in; rely or depend on.
17. to believe.
18. to
expect confidently; hope
19. to commit or consign with trust or
confidence.
20. to permit to remain or go somewhere or to do something
without fear of consequences

21. to invest with a trust;
entrust with something.
22. to give credit to (a person) for
goods,
services, etc., supplied:

23. trust to, to rely
on;
trust:

24. in trust, in the position of being left in the
care or
guardianship of another:



 Be blessed today and commit to
this kind of
trust in God and His mighty power, entrust yourself to Him!!

" Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding, but in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight. "
-Proverbs 3:5

Sunday, May 23, 2010

completeness and fullness


"So this is where we stand today- nations of empty people. We have tried to fill ourselves with science and education, with better living and pleasure, with the many other things we thought we wanted. We have increasingly decedant capitalism at one extreme, and godless communism at the other. BUT WE ARE STILL EMPTY. Why are we empty? Because the Creator made us for Himself; and we shall never find completeness and fullness apart from fellowship with Him"

- Billy Graham



It is in Him that a full and complete life is found.
- Lindsey