Monday, July 23, 2012

Finally :o)

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 took the study, I had to email her and talk to her over the phone. We began talking on the phone weekly because I had SO many questions about faith, life, and Jesus! She also had a lot of correction to give as to my beliefs. It's amazing how much I thought I knew.... and I thought was right...... that didn't line up with God's word. She's the only woman that I've ever known to walk me through the darkest hours with such wisdom, grace and reproof. I am honored to tell you wonderful things about her because she is worth it. She has given her life completely to Jesus and the fruit of that has extermely blessed my life.

A lot of women aren't willing to go all the way- to forsake all (wants, desires, hopes, and aspirations) for the cause of Jesus (they say it with their lips, but their life doesn't look like Jesus at all!!)- but she is and her life does. And I'm thankful for her guidance in my life! Thank you Jesus! She's a lover of the truth!

Well, last week, we got to see each other!!! Yippeeee!!! It was such a sweet blessing to finally meet her face to face after a year of mentorship!!!!

Sunny fixing my hair for the pictures! (my husband captured this moment!)


She's so much fun!!

                                           my spiritual mother! I love you Sunny!!!



Tuesday, July 17, 2012

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


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!!!!





Monday, July 16, 2012

Christlikeness


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."
Romans 12:2

But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.
Psalm 1:2


This is why WE must make time for God and His Word everyday! We must continually meditate on God's Word or we will conform not into our Savior, but to our media and our world... which is NOT Christlike. We will conform to whatever we focus on most.  Praying that we will choose the greater joy of Jesus and not the fleeting pleasures of the world! 



Sunday, July 8, 2012

Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD

PSALM 33:12

I 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, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God's righteous decree they continue to do such things..."
(Romans 1:28-32 ESV emphasis added)

Here is some excerpts from the Houston Chronicle: 
These are quotes from our nations founders/presidents/school boards, please compare these words with what you hear today from our school systems/news channels/presidents mouth....





     


 Can you imagine your professor telling you..."Let every student be plainly instructed and EARNESTLY pressed to consider well the main end of his life and studies is to KNOW GOD AND Jesus Christ which is eternal life"...? I get in trouble in college for speaking about Jesus. I am warned to not even tell my future students about Jesus because I would be "pressuring them and enforcing my religion on them." My eyes well up with tears. We are headed to destruction. Please do not be conformed to the image of this world, to our ever-declining nation, Christians! Stand out. Stand up for Christ as our founders did! May God Bless America.

Monday, July 2, 2012

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

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 nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live;
(Ecclesiastes 3:12 ESV)

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

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.
(Psalm 68:5 ESV)

  He (God) executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing.
(Deuteronomy 10:18 ESV)