Monday, March 26, 2012

I will be found by You, Declares the Lord!

 "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the LORD, and I will restore..."
(Jeremiah 29:11-14 ESV)

"I will be found by You, declares the Lord!"... This is a beautiful promise to us!

 I got a sweet picture of this scripture this evening when I walked into our bedroom and my husband was facedown on the floor praying. I left immediately with my heart filled with joy knowing that God is so pleased with him. The Word of God is constantly urging us and telling us to seek God with everything we are and everything we have. This type of radical behavior WILL look silly to the world, but it's beautiful in God's eyes. To the world, a man facedown praying to Jesus is rediculous and weak; but to God, it is STRONG, WISE, AND COURAGEOUS, because all true and lasting strength comes only from the Lord.

 I'm thankful for the Word of God, thankful for my precious husband that helps points me to Christ, and thankful that I can share God's truth freely on my blog with you! :o) Be encouraged... don't stop seeking Him...

Seek the LORD and his strength;
  seek his presence continually!
(Psalm 105:4 ESV)

Saturday, March 24, 2012

But one thing is necessary...

  ...Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”
(Luke 10:42 ESV)

Yesterday, I got to spend some sweet time with my new friend named Tracy. She lives in Alvin, and  is the sister of Tim, who is a member of RiversEnd Community Church with Kalen and I. Tracy came to our church service last weekend and a sweet word was spoken over her by our pastor. Our pastor said "God has called you to be a Mary"... A Mary is one who does extravagant things for the Lord, but most importantly is called to be super intimate with Jesus.

This is something that has been spoken over my life as well; so to meet a sister in Christ like Tracy is very refreshing & encouraging!
 "Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”
(Luke 10:38-42 ESV)
Here's some pictures from our great time at the Beach, thankful for God's goodness towards us!

Can you see what it says? :o)

After the beach, we went back to her house, where I found a room decorated with scriptures on flashcards! Love that!

A lovely day with a sweet sister in Christ!

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.

(Ephesians 5:15-21 ESV)

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Not Justified by Works...

But through Faith in Jesus Christ alone.
Galations 2:16

that is freeing.

So often I get caught up in the "not good enough" wheel. Thinking "I can't do this and I can't do that"... mostly pertaining to my walk with Christ. What I'm realizing (with the help and guidance of my amazing husband) is that it's impossible to walk with God 24/7 without depending on the Holy Spirit (putting full trust and Faith in Jesus Christ). I find myself trying to walk with God out of my own strength and coming up short everytime. The reason why I can't attain these goals I'm reaching for in my walk with Christ is that I am walking in my own strength and depending on my own goodness to SAVE and strengthen me. When I have already been set free through faith in Christ, my faith in Christ is what strengthens me and justifies me, not how strong I am in the face of challenges, but only through faith in Christ

Does this bless the socks off anyone else but me?! We are justified by Faith alone, in Christ alone, by God's grace alone, to God's glory alone!

for faith in Christ truly is the answer to everything.

Friday, March 16, 2012

RiversEnd Community Church

Meet the Houcks, The Garcias, The Perry's, Matt Snyder, Linda Achee, and The Powells (our pastors family-far right)

Last wednesday night at WoodsEdge Community Church our new church plant was officially commissioned by the elders. Our team has been preparing for 18 months and are planning to do our "public launch" (i.e. start a Sunday morning gathering) on April 8, Easter Sunday at 9:30am at the Branch Crossing YMCA in The Woodlands. Our name will be RiversEnd Community Church (see Eze. 47). We would appreciate your prayers. May God be pleased and glorified. May the Holy Spirit's power be made manifest as we join Jesus in the Great Rescue!


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Our one year anniversary

Night 1- Flemmings!
Chocolate covered fruit and reading a great book : The Meaning of Marriage by: Timothy Keller (Thanks Josh and Lauren)

Day 2: pottery painting!

Excited just to be together... celebrating what the Lord has done!

hmmmmm...what to choose?

...a pitcher/vase!
Finished product :o) so much fun!
Room graciously given to us by a sweet family: Mark and Jessica Wilson. We are so grateful for them
Our last night celebrating!


 Pictures taken after getting engaged  April 23, 2010

 Picture taken on one year anniversary :o):


Kalen surprised me with so many wonderful gifts this anniversary weekend, but without the love of Christ in his heart shining through to me, it all would have not meant so much to me.  There is so much joy in my heart because Christ has redeemed our hearts and has taught us what love truly is. This past year has been trying, but the love of Christ is what has seen us through. This weekend was delightful and immeasurably more than I could have ever dream of, because of Christ's goodness towards us. Thank you Jesus, not for the gifts, but for the love you've placed in our hearts that make the gifts a sweet blessing, but not something we cherish more than You and each other. Blessed AND Thankful!

I will end with a little Marriage poem:
Marriage takes three to complete;
It's not enough for two to meet.
They must be united in love
by love's Creator, God above.

Then their love will be firm and strong;
Able to last when things go wrong,
because they've felt God's love and know
He's always there, He'll never go.
And they have both loved Him in kind
with all their heart and soul and mind;
And in that love they've found the way

A Marriage that follows God's plan
Takes more than a woman and a man
It needs a oneness that can be
only from the Christ- Marriage takes three.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

The Surpassing Worth...

Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For His sake I have have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ.
Philippians 3:8
T.h.e. S.u.r.p.a.s.s.i.n.g. W.o.r.t.h. O.f. K.n.o.w.i.n.g C.h.r.i.s.t

to go beyond in amount, extent, or degree; be greater than; exceed.
1. excellence of character or quality as commanding esteem
2. usefulness or importance, as to the world, to a person, or for a purpose:
3. a quantity of something of a specified value
I.N. O.R.D.E.R  T.H.A.T. I. M.A.Y. G.A.I.N C.H.R.I.S.T
1. improve; make progress; advance:
2. to get nearer, as in pursuit
Could Paul be urging us to count all as rubbish that we may experience Christ in the fullest, most intimate way possible? I think so... I think losing all things (that we find our hope and security in other than Christ) and counting them as rubbish (not as worthy compared to Christ) is the key to seeing Christ as Paul did, a priceless treasure that nothing could compare to. It feels impossible....but I know God's Word is true, and what was true for the former saints is available to us... if we will only take up the call.
Help me Lord, Help all who desire to know You in this way, to not be so blinded by the fleeting pleasures of this world, for all is rubbish in comparison to you!! All is rubbish in comparison to You!! You make us see with new eyes, and the closer we are to you, the more we love each other, and the brighter Your light shines through us to a hurting and dieing world! How could we want anything else? You are the way, the truth, and the life... You give us abundant life! Be exalted Oh Lord, be exalted! In Jesus name, Amen.