Showing posts from June, 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.

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 …

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 …

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 the…

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…