Saturday, November 1, 2014

"Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away." 6th Year Anniversary.

I can't believe that today is our 6 year anniversary. Time flies. I just feel thankful. Thankful that I have an amazing husband, whom I truly love with all my heart. Thankful that we are still in love. Thankful that we just love spending time together. Thankful for GRACE. It is by Grace that we even met, married, and are celebrating 6 years of marriage. Marriage is such a gift. The Mr. and I have been attached at the hip since day one. We have tried to continue to date one another even after our wedding and the birth of our daughter. Sometimes that means taking her with us on dates, and sometimes that means planning dates at home. Whatever the case, we have made each other a priority. Most importantly, we have tried to make sure God is at the center of all aspects of our life. Not so we will have a perfect marriage or life (there is no such thing), but simply because WE NEED JESUS. I need Jesus all day, everyday, 24/7. Not sure where I would be without Him. I really do not know how any marriage could survive with out Jesus Christ. Growing up we both witnessed marriages that failed. We knew when we said "I do" that we would be committed to one another no matter what. My husband and I do not have a perfect marriage, we have ups and downs like every couple. We have had really hard things to deal with that have stretched us, tested us, grew us, and molded us. Even things that have even brought out the worst in us. But God in His amazing mercy and grace has taken the junk of our lives, and continues to make us like Him. Such Grace! I really believe I have the best husband in the world. I am thankful for the way He remains faithful to Christ no matter what. I love the way he desires to make the Word of God known to others. He loves and serves our family sacrificially. He treats me like a princess. He is a great father. I know I am loved beyond measure by him. Thankful for this sweet love and marriage that God has given us! My prayer is that God would give us 50 years together. Here is one of my favorite scriptures that was on our wedding invitation:
"Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame. Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away."~ Song of Soloman 8:6-7

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Moving back to Florida

Today my husband announced to our church we will be moving back to Florida. We are really going to miss our church family here in West Tennessee, but we see God's hand sending us back down to Deland. We are sad to leave people who has loved our family, and whom we love very much. We are super excited to follow God back to Deland where my husband will probably be planting a church. He is currently in the process of going through interviews and evaluations with a church in Florida. It is a LONG process. If he does well then we will know without a doubt we are supposed to church plant.  When God started burdening our hearts for church planting in the past we both agreed that we wanted to be sent from a church to plant a church and be a part of a certain network that my husband really likes. God has seemed to open up the doors for this. The MR. will be working a secular position alongside of church planting. When you start out in church planting you do not make income like you do taking pastor positions in churches. You are more like a missionary. So at this time we are not sure exactly how the Lord is going to provide for our family. And this is very scary for me. I am a planner. I like organized plans. We had to take a spiritual gifts test for one of the evaluations and one of my lowest gifts was FAITH- Sadly, I am not surprised.  I love math and when things don't add up I WORRY! I find myself having to read Matthew 6 quite often! ;)   
The Mr. ministered in the Deland in the past & a person who knew the leadership  very well where he was serving told us-this will be your hardest staff position--And well after being on staff at 3 different churches now, this person was 100% correct!~With that being said~ Some people are going to love this news of us moving back to Deland and a few individuals not so much! We are okay with that! It is the price you pay when you live sold out for God and stand on His Word no matter the cost! Jesus said “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also." John 15:18-20
The positives of moving back to Deland, and planting a church is we love the people and the community. We know the spiritual needs there. The Harvest is plentiful!!! The town is growing by leaps and bounds according to the man my husband has been in contact with about church planting. We have some people who may be a part of our core team already which is one of the biggest obstacles in church planting. It is a family town and we are very excited to raise our family there. We have some sweet friends we met along our fAiTh journey & we are thrilled to reconnect with them. We know Deland is where we want to spend the rest of our life at. We are excited to live a transparent- Christ centered life there and build godly friendships, while making disciples and advancing the Kingdom! :)  Lastly, Did I mention that Florida has many Haitian churches that we will be able to connect with in order to help our adopted child remain connected to his or her culture!  We are very excited for our church family here in west Tennessee to come visit us in the Sunshine state! They said they would love to do mission work when we are able to plant! :) God's plan is perfect!

Friday, February 14, 2014

All about My Valentine!

I thought I would do a post all about my Valentine! I am convinced I have the best Valentine ever!
  • Thankful my Valentine takes up his biblical manhood card & romances me all through out the year, not just on Valentine's Day!
  • He leads our family with love!
  • He loves me sacrificially the way Christ loves the Church.
  • He has been devoted to me even when "Christians" have tried to mess our marriage up! Side note: As a former skeptic of Christians-I have found that NOT ALL Christians are that ruthless! MANY ARE VERY SWEET... THE TRUE BRIDE OF CHRIST LOOKS AND ACTS LIKE CHRIST!
  • He always has my back!
  • I am treasured by my valentine!
  • He is a godly man, who is sold out to sharing God's Word to the ends of the earth!
  • He points me and our precious daughter to the Gospel.
  • He remains faithful to God and His Word no matter what the cost is!
  • He has loved me unconditionally since we have been together!
  • He still plays/writes songs for me on his Guitar! My husband + guitar+ song= Hotness
  • He can PREACH. When he preaches I sometimes get blown away at how well he preaches. This is a new gift that has developed in the last few years. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and wonder where he is and I go looking for him in our house and he is writing sermons that God has given him!
  • Apart from glorifying God, being a great husband to me, a loving father to our beautiful daughter-His 3 goals in life are multiplying churches, adoption, and bringing awareness to sex trafficking!
  • Thankful God chose me to be his valentine! Such a blessed wife I am!!!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Family Worship

This New Year our WHOLE church family is Reading God's Story, A Chronological Daily Bible! Here is what it looks like: 6th graders- on up are reading the Daily Bible together. Birth- 5th grade will be using curriculum that matches pretty closely, and also each week will have certain pages to read from The Jesus Storybook Bible that coincide with the Daily Bible. Each week in the bulletin there will be a catechism that families can also memorize together. Reading the Chronological Daily Bible is something I have been looking forward to since we got here! I am excited to see what God will do with a church who is willing to commit to reading His word together as a body of believers. I am also excited to read the Bible in Chronological order. I have personally never did that before.

Something else I am looking forward to this year is our family doing family worship each night. Our nightly family worship time looks like this:
  • 2-3 songs: The Mr. leads us in worship on his guitar. K-B plays random "B" instruments. I play whatever "B" instrument that K-B decides I need to play! ;)  It  truly is a sweet time of worship! (we got the "B"  brand instruments from Target incase you would like some too! Although pots and pans would  work well too! A joyful noise it is!)
  • Prayer- We discuss prayer request and praises. We all hold hands and each one prays together as a family.  Hearing K-B say "Hi God! I wuv you JEEESUS! AAAAMENN!" is so precious! The Spelling of her prayer is exactly how she says it! MELTS. MY. HEART.
  • We talk about our catechism and Memory Verse.
  •  Read Jesus Storybook Bible
  • Then we put K-B to bed
  • Once K-B is all tucked in, the Mr. and I talk about our reading from our Daily Bible.
  • After that, we have prayer  together! (praying together with your spouse can be awkward at first, but overtime becomes natural! I love holding hands with my sweet hubby as we seek God together! As my bible study leader from my home church, Dr. Bob O says "It is the best love making you can ever make with your spouse!")
Week at a Glance:
Sunday Nights- Introduce new catechism & memory verse for the week AND  Family Worship.
Monday Nights- Family Worship
Tuesday Nights- Family Worship
Wednesday Night- after church Family Worship
Thursday Night- Family Worship
Friday Night- Family Worship
Saturday Night-  Jesus Storybook Bible (read the specific story listed in the bulletin) & Special Treats
*we want to make learning and reading the Bible fun! SO Saturday nights is the night we have something special! Thinking about making plates together that we will use only on Special Treat Saturdays. Our special treats will be cookies, cupcakes, brownies, ice cream or something else that is a treat for us! Saturday nights will be a celebration!!!
 
                   
There is not only one right way to do family worship and I am sure there are many out there who do it better. This is just what works for our family! Hopefully it will help as you think through family worship, and what works best for your family!!!!!
 
 
 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Why Adopt?!?

Since November is Adoption Awareness month I figured I would do a post on why my husband and I are pursuing adoption. ( I am going to do this in bullet points-and try to refrain from using a bazillion exclamation points since Orphan awareness is something my hubby and I are really passionate about!)

You know you are called to adopt when these bullet points make you lose sleep at night and convict you to MOVE! :)
  • There are roughly 147 million orphans worldwide.

  • If only 7%  Born Again Christians adopted, it would put an end to the orphan crisis.

  • James 1:27 "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world."

  • Romans 8:12-17 "So then, brothers,we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh.  For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,  and if children, then heirs-heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him."

  • Deut. 10:18 "He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing."

  • Deut. 24:17 "Do not deprive the foreigner or the fatherless of justice, or take the cloak of the widow as a pledge."

  • Deut. 27:19 "Cursed be anyone who perverts the justice due to the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen."

  • Psalm 10:14 "But You Yourself have seen trouble and grief, observing it in order to take the matter into Your hands. The helpless entrusts himself to You; You are a helper of the fatherless."

  • Psalm 68:5 "A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling."

  • Psalm 82:3-4 "Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked."

  • Isaiah 1:17 "Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed.Take up the cause of the fatherless;  plead the case of the widow."

  • Jeremiah 49:11 "But I will protect the orphans who remain among you.Your widows, too, can depend on me for help.”

  • John 14:18 "I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you."

  • "The gospel of Jesus Christ means our families and churches ought to be at the forefront of the adoption of orphans close to home and around the world. As we become more attuned to the gospel, we'll have more of a burden for orphans. As we become more adoption-friendly, we'll be better able to understand the gospel." Russell D. Moore- Adopted For Life. 


My hubby and I have felt the call to adopt since 2010. We feel the urgency for adoption now more than ever. With doors closing with different countries- we feel the time is NOW or we may miss our chance! We recognize if we don't adopt we are being disobedient to a call that God has placed on our life. Our adopted child/children are always on our minds...what a glimpse into our Heavenly Father's eyes! For us Adoption is living out the Gospel!!!

Monday, September 30, 2013

Tennessee


I thought I would do an update for our family and friends...Today marks week 5 since we have been in West Tennessee! The church sent sweet people  to our apartment at the Seminary to come help load our stuff  up and they helped us move. When we arrived to our new community we had what felt like millions of people from the church helping unload the Uhaul. They helped us set up beds and get us somewhat settled in! The members of our church are very sweet and thoughtful! We are very thankful for their kindness and big hearts!!!  Our life is finally settling down since we moved. No need to go through all of the details but we ended up having to find a different house than the one we thought we would be living in. For 15 long days we slept in the house we originally thought we were going to live in with the majority of our stuff still in boxes. It wasn't exactly how we wanted to start ministry here but God had it as a part of the plan for some reason. God helped us find a house-He provided like He always does--and yet I still doubt Him every time--stupid sheep I am!!! We feel very welcomed  here. We love our  new church and the people in this community. We are excited to do ministry here and feel very blessed that God sent us here. We are very excited to serve under our Pastor. He loves the Word and desires for the church and community to be in love with the Word! My hubby and him are pretty likeminded.   On Wednesday nights the church is doing the Gospel Project which is really neat. I am personally ecstatic for 2014 because the WHOLE church from  babies – to the young at hearts will be reading the Bible in chronological order! I love that what we will be learning at church we will be able to talk about  at home with our children since we will all be studying the same thing at the same time.- So SIMPLISTIC!  Kinda neat since SIMPLISTIC was my “word for the year” almost 2 years ago when Mark D. from my home church challenged the church to pray about a word for the year! Who knew the last almost 2 years, God would continue to teach me simplicity. I am so pumped to see what God will do with a body of believers at Mary’s Chapel who will live simplistically biblical by going through the Word together!!! 

Our sweet princess is settling in pretty well for a toddler. She often says she wants to go to the children’s houses where I used to nanny. She doesn’t understand that we have a state in between us! I have to refrain from crying when she asks to go to their houses! I miss their families so much and so does K-B!  She loves to go to church. She enjoys the other children at church! She especially loves our Pastor’s youngest son that is about 8 or 9 months younger than her. She talks about him a lot…makes her daddy worried! ;)    I have to remind him she is TWO! No need to worry! J All in all I think she has handled our transition well!!!  J

We are excited to do the Great Commission here!!!
 " Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” ~Matt. 28:19-20
 

Sunday, January 6, 2013

What's New This New Year...

This New Year I started a new job! I am nannying for 2 wonderful, GODLY families!!! I have been a SAHM  and worked out of my home since Kaeley-Belle was born, so this is a change for our family!..A good change!!! I already love the children and their families very much!!! They are absolutely precious!!!  I also get to take Miss Kaeley-Belle to work with me!!! If you have read my blog since the beginning you know that before I had my precious baby girl, God really burdened my heart to make sure that I made faithful choices as her mother!!! I knew he was calling me to lay a godly foundation even in her very early days!!! Part of the foundation He was asking me to lay, was to be a SAHM! God made a way, and I stayed at home with my baby girl!!! :)
 I nanny 4 days a week, and basically do the same thing that I would do in my own home!!! Nannying for these families is a HUGE blessing!!! When I interviewed for the position, I asked the families what they would like me to work on with their children and they said teach them scriptures!!! My heart leaped for joy because that is right up my alley!!! Now I want to clarify something...these parents are not expecting me to be their childrens' primary source of spiritual food so to speak; these parents recognize that is their job!  I am blessed to have the opportunity to assist them in the process!!! SO my new mission field is caring for these families and my own!!!  I am very excited to work with both families!!! I am excited for what God has in store! I know He is all over this, because it is too much of a perfect fit for Him to not be all over it!!! This New Year my mission field is tea parties, bible studies, playing dress-up, crafting, singing songs, attending "concerts", reading books, making messes, cleaning up messes, and much more!!!! ;) What does your mission field look like this new year?????

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." Col. 3:17