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The Father Heart of God

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"I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants.”’ And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate. " (Luke 15:18-24 ESV)

We have a loving Father in Heaven. Thanks be to God for His Father heart!!!
The last thing the enemy wants us to do is to turn from our sin to God. The enemy wants to k…

"Do Not Be Deceived...

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God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. "                                                                 -Galations 6: 7-8 




In our lives, we sow into many things... in different ways. 



The number one thing we sow into is our thoughts.

 The thoughts we allow in our minds and dwell on are a form of sowing. If we are not intentionally dwelling on things that are......true, lovely, honorable, just, pure, commendable, excellent or praiseworthy.... (phil. 4:8), We are by default (because we were born into a sinful, deceptive world, with sin still fighting for reign in our lives) sowing into our flesh that thinks upon things that fill us with ....strife, anger, jealousy, idolatry, division.... (Gal 5:20). So, the first place we can sow to the Spirit is by obeying the Bible and the Holy Spirit's prompting…

To Know and Fear the Lord...

I get in ruts. Ruts of self-willed action. Ruts of trying to find hope and strength in anything else but Jesus. I see what Paul talks about in Romans; I have the desire to do what's right and please the Lord, while sin is lurking right behind. There's been a lot on my mind lately, especially as I ponder a quote my pastor told our congregation last Sunday. Here it is:

"You will never be as close to God or as spiritual as you wish to be...
You will never be as close to God or as spiritual as you desire to be...
You will ONLY be as close to God and as spiritual as YOU CHOOSE to be." 

After a long week of waking up late and neglecting my time with the Lord in the morning, I felt the strong need and desire to get back in the Word and spend time with God today. I decided to CHOOSE my Heavenly Father, my great Savior....my dear Lord. Choosing Him never fails me. Choosing Him is choosing my highest good,  my greatest joy, the richest, most fulfilling life. Jesus is Joy. Jesus i…

Salvation is in No Other Name!

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Ever since I've come across this picture, my heart has been SO grateful!  Sometimes I forget the penalty for the sin in my life; or the real seriousness of sin itself. This picture helps remind me of the SERIOUSNESS of sin and the LOVE of Christ to BEAR it ALL that I may receive salvation! If it weren't for the Spirit of God in my heart reminding me of my sin, I know I would forget about sin altogether.

The picture speaks 1,00000000000000-------00000 words, it's like a "WORDLESS sermon". Especially words of God's love, and what He did to make a way when there was NO way!

Hallelujah! Jesus Christ took our place. He bore the wrath meant for us because of our sin.... So that we may receive salvation through Him... I'm forever grateful....

                                           PICTURE BY: CHRIS POWERS ----> http://fullofeyes.wordpress.com <-----support His ministry! 

"The Glory of the gospel is this: The one from whom we need to be saved is the …

Liebster Award!

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My sweet Sister Brittany nominated me for this award - Thanks Britt!

Facts of the Liebster Award: The Liebster Award’s origins are pretty much a mystery. Bloggers nominate other bloggers that have 200 or less followers. It’s basically a “Hey, that’s a sweet little blog you’ve got there. Here’s an award!” You can’t just accept the award. You have to play by the (ever changing) rules and pay it forward. Then you can put the award on your blog for all to see. The Rules: 1. List 11 facts about yourself. (I hope that you enjoy them! I tried to write things that hopefully my readers may not know, but then things that new people stopping in may find interesting as well.)
2. Answer the 11 questions given to you. (My 11 questions for each of the 11 nominated blogs are near the bottom of this post!)
3. Create 11 new questions for the bloggers you nominate for the award. 4. Choose 11 bloggers with 200 or less followers to nominate. (At the very bottom of this post you will find the links!) 5. Go to ea…

Birthday Thankfulness!!!

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It's 6:19 am and I need to get ready for school, but I wanted to share something God revealed to me in a deeper way today! As I think about Birthdays and how much they are celebrated, I'm reminded THE most important thing to celebrate is my rebirth in Christ my Lord and Savior!!

What am I thankful for today?

What am I celebrating!?!?

the Forgiveness of SINS!!!

Let all that I am praise the Lord!  With my WHOLE heart, I will praise His Holy Name!  Let all that I am praise the Lord!  May I never forget the GOOD things he does for me... HE FORGIVES ALL MY SINS AND HEALS ALL MY DISEASES HE REDEEMS MY LIFE FROM DEATH  and crowns me with love and tender mercies! Psalm 103:1-5


Here you will find a missionary telling the gospel to people in another country. Watch this tribe's reaction at the end to salvation: the forgiveness of sins and a right relationship with God! 
This is SOMETHING to rejoice about every moment of every day! I'm so thankful the Lord reminded me of this thi…

Marriage As My first Ministry: Following God's Divine Order

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It's so easy as wives to forget that our biggest ministry is our husbands!

I've gathered this information from a wonderful Biblical Submission Study of Proverbs 31 mysecondlove.net

Following God's Divine Order: A wife's Biblical submission is vital to the family unit and a wife's effectiveness in her role as help-meet to her husband, therefore we will follow God's divine order of things (1 Corinthians 14:40): GOD FIRST: Matthew 6:33 and 10:37-39Luke 14:33Mark 12:30-31Proverbs 31:30Psalm 88:13Psalm 1:1-3SPOUSE SECOND: Genesis 2:18-203:16Ephesians 5:22-241 Corinthians 11:3,8-91 Timothy 2:133:4-5Titus 2:3-5CHILDREN THIRD: Psalm 78:3-5Titus 2:4Deuteronomy 6:7Proverbs 10:1;Proverbs 13:24Proverbs 19:18Proverbs 29:17Malachi 2:15Hebrews 12:8HOMEMAKING FOURTH:Proverbs 31:10-31Titus 2:3-5"MINISTRY" FIFTH: Volunteering (at church and children's school), work, others (extended family, church family, friends) and hobbies: 1 T…

Girl behind the blog: Your influence

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Meet me! The Girl Behind The Blog!!! :) 

(Scripture reference is from Philippians 1... not 2 forgive me! )

The Prompt Time limit: Vlogs should be 2-3 minutes long Introduce yourself and your blog Who or what has influenced the way you think and who you are or changed the way you think/are?  How do you hope to influence people through your blog?  Is there another area in your life where you have influence? How do you plan to use your influence in this area?

Gift of the Red Bird

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Many of you that know me, know that I am totally intrigued and blessed by red birds (some may know them as cardinals :))! I've had different responses from close friends and family members that know of my joyful feeling towards these beautiful birds; some think it's so sweet & see the significance, while others just think it's plain DORKY.

I believe God speaks to me through red birds.

Want to know why?

I will tell you :)


One day about 5 years ago, right after I truly gave my life to the Lord, I was sitting depressed in my apartment bedroom. I was looking out my window, wondering why I felt so lost when I had just made the biggest decision of my life- Giving my life to Jesus! I felt alone because I let go a lot of  friends that were not wanting to go on the same path as me. I felt sad because I didn't know how to walk with God and I was scared of what it all would look like.

I remember saying sincerely..."God, there is no purpose for me..." I quickly look …

Yellow Butterflies

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It was a gorgeous day in September of 2009, Kalen and I  had our first "hang-out/date". We drove around Montgomery, not really knowing what to do, but just wanting to be with each other.

On one back road we found thousands upon thousands of yellow butterflies wisping in and out of the trees and in front of the car. I remember feeling really giddy inside, like it was a magical moment with Kalen and yet another sign of God's sweet beauty around us. We were both amazed on the amount of butterflies around us- we'd never seen so many before!

To this day, every time I see a yellow butterfly, I think of that day and smile. I remember praying the day after I met Kalen for signs from God that he was "the one" for me. God was so faithful to do that. Some may think it's silly that I viewed the butterflies as a sign, but I did. It was the beginning of a BEAUTIFUL journey for Kalen and I.

It's that season again, and the yellow butterflies are out and about. Tod…

Truth!

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We must examine the Word of God and examine our hearts. A lot of false "self-promoting" teaching is being preached in "Christian" churches today. We must forsake those teachings and stick to the Word of God which calls us to deny ourselves and follow Jesus.

Lord, let us not be tossed and turned by teachings that tickle our ears and make us feel good about ourselves. Help us understand how depraved and wretched we are apart from you and how much we desperately need you hour by hour, minute by minute. Your word is a lamp unto our feet.....all our good works are filthy rags, we are undone, men and women of unclean lips... give us a brokenness, and desire for more of you and less of us! In Jesus name, Amen.
‎"The children of God all have a cross to bear. A suffering Savior generally has suffering disciples.'~ J.C. Ryle"He must increase, but I must decrease" John 3:30 

Meet my friend, Landen!

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Most of you know that I've been weekly nannying a 13 year old boy named Landen Wilson. He is a sweet and fun blessing in my life from the Lord. He was born with a disability called fragile X. learn more about the disability here.

I began nannying Landen at the end of the spring semester. At first I was nervous because I had never taken care of a "special needs" child, but I felt as if the Lord was preparing my heart because the first time I took care of him I began falling in love with him!

Landen is 13 but has the brain capacity of a 6 year old. He repeats himself a lot and gets really anxious about certain things. When he is told no or is surprised by a situation that he isn't aware of, he has the tendency to  get very upset which is typical of a Fragile X child. I got the privilege to take care of Landen for 2 whole weeks throughout the summer while his parents were out enjoying themselves on vacation. I was so happy to be able to have been there so his sweet pare…

Clean Hands; a Pure Heart

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"Who may ascend the mountain of the LORD? Who may stand in His Holy place? The one who has clean hands and a pure heart." - Psalm 24:3-4       God has rigid requirements for those who want to enjoy intimate fellowship with Him. There is no easy access to God for those with unclean hands or an impure heart. It is an affront to holy God to assume that we can indulge in our sin and blatantly disobey His word, then brazenly enter the holy of holies. In Old Testament times, one's hands represented one's activities. Clean hands symbolized pure activities. Priests washed their hands before serving in the temple to symbolize that only those who were cleansed could worship holy God.
         There are levels of intimacy with God. The moment you become a Christian you begin a relationship with the Lord. However, if you persist in your sin, sin will separate you from God and keep you from enjoying close fellowship with Him. If you follow only God's basic commandments but re…

Every Little Prison Lord.... Deliver Me!

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This songs speaks to those beliefs we have in our hearts that we think are okay,
 but truly THEY are prisons!! Listen and be blessed. One of my new favorite songs and a prayer of my heart.

Finally :o)

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Many of you know that I have been being mentored by a sweet, wonderful, Christ-honoring woman named Sunny Shell. She fears and honors the Lord more than anyone I have ever met. We met through my search to be a Biblically submissive wife. About a year ago I began praying that the Lord would bring me someone that could REALLY help me become the wife I was called to be. I had a lot of women in my life that were Christians but were busy and weren't able to help thoroughly mentor me. A few days later, I searched in google "first love Jesus, second love husband", and came across this website called mysecondlove.net. I clicked the link and from then on Sunny has been mentoring me. Sunny is the author and founder of mysecondlove.net which is a biblical submission study through Proverbs 31. I have learned so much through the study and am only on section 8 of the study!

I believe the most important part of the study is that Sunny interacts with me via phone and video. Before I too…

Chick-fil-a's" Dress Up Like A Cow" Day!

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Chick-fil-a is one of my favorite places to eat, so when I found out that Chick-fil-a was having "Dress up like a cow and get a free meal" day I was totally in! Thankfully my pastor's wife, Diane, was already getting her  kids prepared for it too! This is what the women (some ;-) ) from RiversEnd Community Church do in our free time (lol!). I was also very thankful to have my sweet sister in Christ, Donatta (AKA Tornado) in town as well. Tornado is a free spirit and she loved doing this with me!!! Thankful for the simple things! I had a blast and got a free meal!!

Enjoy the pictures! 
Tornado, Linda, and me- this was pretty hilarious! The ladies from our church family were the only adults that dressed up ;) 
All of us! 
The Powell's and Linda dancing with the Chick-fil-a Crew!! 
Fun!
Tornado and I with the real, live... COW! 
The Powell's! :) 
The Husband came to join the fun!!!!




Christlikeness

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Above you see 2 pairs of Chacos. One pair is mine and the other pair are Kalens. If you would have asked me 3 years ago to put these Chacos on I would have politely said, "NO WAY!"

... Here I am 3 years later wearing these. It's interesting how when you begin to love and trust someone, you start turning into that person! Kalen and I have been married almost a year and a half. As the time has passed and our relationship has gotten stronger and more intimate, I've begun to like the things he likes-- Like Chaco's, and many more things! 

This, in essence, is what happens in our relationship with Christ. As we grow in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, we start to think like Him and supernaturally become like Him! That's why the Word of God says,

"Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will."…

Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD

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PSALM 33:12I cannot say that this scripture is true for the nation of America anymore. With the rampant disobedience and liberal mindset, we have swayed from the foundation which has held our nation for generations; Jesus Christ. This post is not to bash to our nation, but to remind of us our countries founding, to ponder how far we've traveled away from that foundation, and pray for the Lord's gracious hand to lead us back to that place.  
Hobby Lobby and Mardels posted a WONDERFUL, God-fearing add in the Houston Chronicle for 4th of July. I was so pleased to read it, but I was also very saddened  with the realization of how far our Country has slipped from the Rock that it stood upon. We are no longer a nation that fears the One True God, but a nation that has... 
"Been filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice, full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inven…

Autumn's first slumber party with Uncle Kalen and Aunt Linny!

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It was SUCH a blessing from God for my sweet neice Autumn to be able to come stay with Kalen and I for a night. My sister and her family live in Austin. Austin is 3 hours away so I go visit as much as I can, but we're not as close as I would hope! Here are some pictures from her stay with us! 
First activity: Painting & Popsicles! She painted a rainbow and ate a rainbow popsicle... Cute! 

               Next Activity: dancing to Uncle Kalen playing the Ukalele!  (Kalen just got back from a work out) :) 

Uncle Kalen teaching Autumn how to play CHECKERS on a CHESS board... interesting, but simple & fun! Autumn loved it! 

                                      And of course, our Neila wanted to join in the fun....


Happy Girl! 

      Last day paintings! Autumn painted this- it's me and her! What a gift, thank you Lord for giving me time           with Autumn!!! 
Can't wait for Emily & Owen to grow up so they can come stay with us too!! :o) 
I perceived that there is…

a little late but... Father's Day!

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I wanted to post some sweet pictures from Fathers day 2012! 

Here is Kalen and I as well as Michael and Brittany celebrating Father's Day with Pops- Kalen's dad! 
 Celebrating Father's day at RiversEnd Community Church with my father in the faith- Greg Powell. He's taught me so much about my Heavenly Father's love. 
And of course... Celebrating Father's day with my biological father....Daddy-o! :o)  It was a sweet weekend... I am so grateful beyond words for father figures in my life. I know there are so many young women out there without a father figure... to all you young women, let me reassure you- God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, is a Father to the Fatherless!!!!  He binds up the brokenhearted and heals their wounds.... He is the BEST Father figure I have!!  Let the Love of our Heavenly Father fill you today with hope & reassurance! Seek Him & You will find Him!  Father of the fatherless and protector of widows
is God in his holy habitation.