Saturday, June 30, 2012

the POWER of prayer...


God is so faithful!!!!!!!

It's so wonderful to see God move.

I used to try and change situations myself out of the strength of my flesh - and all my flesh left me was frusterated and in a complete mess (that I had to pick up and mend of course!!!!)

I'm learning to shut my mouth and pray for God's wisdom and mercy to help me/those who are struggling. It's so freeing to trust in God!

Everytime that I do this, God has pulled through in some way. It's not always fast or just how I think God will answer, but He does!

I want to challenge you today to surrender control to God!

He is faithful..... and if we ask ANYTHING according to His will, He will do it! Be patient and perservere in prayer!  

Satan dines in every area that we withhold from God. What areas are you withholding from God? You can bet that the enemy is encamped in that area. Give every area to God. Let Him guide you! And watch the peace of Christ rule in your heart and mind!

pray without ceasing.

(1 Thessalonians 5:17 ESV)
pray and don't lose heart.

(Luke 18:1 ESV)

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Thought of the day: Checklists

"We are all naturally self-righteous. It is the family disease of all the children of Adam."

 ~ J.C. Ryle

Doesn't it feel so good to THINK our life's "in order"? When we've got everything on our checklists checked off, everything around the house is clean, our relationships on the outside looks perfect... And we're even making sure to get up to spend some "time with the Lord". Everything seems right... and feels good...

 There is a way that seems right to a man,
  but its end is the way to death.
(Proverbs 14:12 ESV)

Self-righteousness, which is the THOUGHT that our life is together, is deathly. We need Jesus Every moment of Every day. We are never "ok" without Him!

What I'm learning is that my "time with the Lord" in the morning isn't enough for me. Although I feel a great deal of self-righteousness (which is sin) knowing that I've checked off the box and spent time with the Lord, the rest of my day does not look like the precense of Jesus! WHY? Because I've have compartmentalized my walk with Christ. I've believed the lie that if I spend time with Him in the morning, then I can handle whatever happens the rest of the day. Did I mention that's a big huge filthy lie? It seems that I don't depend on Him the rest of the day, but depend upon my flesh. Mornings with the Lord are not meant to be something that's checked-off the list, but the beginning of an ABIDING communion with the Lord ALL day long.

Although checklists are wonderful and keep our brains organized, if we find our strength and sense of security in our checklist we are in trouble because we've placed our hope on the check-list instead of God. God doesn't need them to accomplish his work. He also doesn't just want our "morning surrender", He wants our "ALL-DAY, 24/7 Surrender"...

John 15:4

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.

It's not our checklists that are going to bear fruit in our lives, It's abiding in Jesus... & we abide in Jesus by obeying His Words and commands! We will abide by walking with Him through every moment... by hiding His word in our hearts that we may not sin against Him!

...I don't know about ya'll, but I want to bear fruit.... not self-righteousness.

Food for thought today.
Be Blessed.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Ballet Excelsior of Houston

The Ballet Excelsior of Houston is a Christian contemporary ballet company, using the art of dance to glorify God.

For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
NKJV 1 Cor. 6:20

I got the sweet privilege to go to one of Excelsior's beautiful ballet shows this past weekend (my pastors daughter, Abbie Powell just started doing ballet there!). One word to describe it; awe-inspiring. Not only were these women (and the few men) talented, they were in love with the Creator God & the Savior, Jesus Christ, & the Counselor, The Holy Spirit- as expressed in their dancing and music. This made the performance so much better to me. The performance this weekend was called "Creation and Savior". The ballet began with the Word of God in Genesis, depicting Creation.

Then the Ballet began...

Each single ballet performance depicted different parts of Creation, going through and telling the whole story of God's creation, the animals, the creation of woman from man, the garden scene, the fall of mankind, leading right into the NEED of a...


This last performance was my favorite. It told the story of Christ's death and ressurection for our freedom from Sin and communion with God again. The love and adoration for Christ depicted in this scene was breath-taking and awe-inspiring.

Sweet Abbie and I after her performance!
Very proud of her and thankful that she's apart of SUCH an amazing, Christ- Honoring organization!

One of the dancers from Ballet Excelsior of Houston said,
 “I am a Christian performing artist because I have found Jesus Christ to be the answer to the great ‘why?’ of my art, just as He is the answer to the ultimate ‘why?’ of my life. When I partner with God to communicate the things on His heart, the Holy Spirit will help the audience to receive it in ways that are beyond human comprehension.”

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

My Parents 35th Anniversary!

Kalen and I enjoyed celebrating with my parent's their 35th year anniversary! 35 years of marriage is definitely something to celebrate! Here are some pictures!

"May your puckers never tucker!" Get it? I thought the card was cute... :o) lol ! 

Ephesians 5:21-32
"and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ. Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body. But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything.  Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her; that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she should be holy and blameless. So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself; for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church, because we are members of His body. For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and the two shall become one flesh.  This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church.  Nevertheless let each individual among you also love his own wife even as himself; and let the wife see to it that she respect her husband."

Prayer Sticks!


I wanted to share this FABULOUS idea that I found on Pinterest called prayer sticks. I even added my own little addition to it. You can do it however you'd like. It's a GREAT way to get in the habit of praying daily for family members, friends, and whoever the Lord places on your heart. Here is how you start.

Go to Hobby Lobby, Michaels, or your nearest arts and crafts store & buy: 
-plenty of popsicle sticks, in 2 different sizes (depending on how many people you want to be able to pray for & how many different type of prayers you want to be able to pray.)
-Tin cans, or candle holders (big ones- they have cute ones in perfect sizes at Hobby Lobby), or little cups (whatever you'd like that fits your style of home. These will hold your prayer sticks)
-Sharpie Markers (I used pink & blue - to differentiate between the men & women)
-Pictures of the people's faces to glue on the sticks

I found all of this at Hobby Lobby

I started with family members in Kalens family 1st. I wrote down the men & women all the way to the grandparents, aunts & uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, ect. Then did the same for my family (You can do it however you'd like, I just thought I'd share how I did it. I didn't forget anyone because I just went down the line...It's easy). Then I wrote a prayer stick for each member of our church and their children. Then I made prayer sticks for people that Kalen and I have known for awhile, or for a short time. Really I just wrote down all the names I could think of that we're close to now, or have been close to in the past.

Now for the bigger popsicle sticks, I went through the book of John and the book of Acts and wrote down about 20 prayers that I found in some of the chapters. I used the prayers Jesus prays in John by dividing them up into like one sentence each. In the book of Acts you find the disciples praying for boldness, the Lord's hand, ect. I am not finished with the prayer sticks yet, but am in the process of going through other books of the Bible to assist me in making prayers.

So, this is what Kalen and I do; everytime we eat together, which is in the morning and in the evening, we pick a person to pray for and a prayer to pray for them in addition to our regular pray together. It's been really fun to do this. And it keeps those people in the forefront of your minds throughout the day. I even find myself continuing to pray for them throughout the day!

THIS IS A GREAT IDEA FOR KIDS TOO. If I had kids, I would not only have prayer sticks at the eating table, I would have them in their rooms for bedtime. This encourages your children to pray for people, and if you do the scripture prayers too, your children learn scripture!!!

I hope you find the time to do this! It has blessed our socks off as a couple.
Be blessed in Christ,