Friday, September 13, 2013

Daily Devotion



I really enjoy reading my devotion book by Nancy Leigh DeMoss every morning.


Today's passage is from I Timothy 6:17...She goes on to say that "every hint of ingratitude is an indicator of pride in our hearts, the idea that we deserve more than  we're getting, that we're inherently worthy of being treated more generously by God or others. Oh, we think we deserve so much more. But how thankful we should be that God has not given us what we deserve, choosing instead to extend mercy and grace. Pride is the father of ingratitude and the silent killer of a grateful heart."

Nancy's questions were challenging to me...
Is there any resentment or frustration lurking in your heart over something that God hasn't provided, fixed, or performed?
How would a humble heart view that situation differently?
 
I think of all my life circumstances...some are hard...some are exciting...all are different from most other people's situations and can't be compared. Makes me sit and take stock of what I am grateful for...are they the things that matter to God...or just feel good things that matter to me?
My foundation is investing in the 2 things that are eternal...God's Word and People.
Am I really grateful for those things...or am I resentful because it would be easier to complain?
Many questions...but I am still going to choose to be joyful...
 
That doesn't mean that I have no frustrations or pain in life...but Alistair Begg spoke on that this morning online.
I was encouraged by his message while I was getting ready for the day in the morning...
He shared an overview of the Gospel...and how both Testaments of the Bible are like a Play...with Act 1 and Act 2.
You can't get a full picture of the scripture or play without both parts.
And when you see that, you can see Jesus in the whole thing...
When times are hard...keep your eyes focused on Jesus...not the circumstances around you...then you will have a heart of gratitude.
 
Are we encouraging each other towards gratitude? Or are we helping each other sit in a pity party?
I like a sulk as much as the next person...I have had many hard things happen to me in life...and some are consequences of my own choices...yet I still believe a wise believer is one that can come beside me, hear me, and yet challenge me to focus on Jesus & His greatness far above the temporary things of this world.
The opposite can suck the life out of others...and Satan gets a foothold...God isn't glorified...
 
Join me in my effort to point of the positives and encourage others to stay focused on Jesus...the author and perfecter of our faith!
 
Here is a link to the message by Alistair Begg...
 

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Still for Sale!

Our house has been on the market for 7 weeks....
We have had 1 person look at it...
This Sunday (Sept. 15th) is our first Open House...
It seems rather long....to be waiting....with NO interest at all...
Hopefully this will be the weekend that God brings someone to buy our house...
Praying that God's peace & trust in Him is working in me...as I wait...
 
Another opportunity to lean in close to the Lord...
Learning those lessons....all along the way!
(Patience is not my strength!)

Friday, September 6, 2013

I was very encouraged this morning while I was getting ready for the day.
If you have time, listen to this message by Alistair Begg about friends.
 
I can't wait to listen to part B soon...


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Gratitude and the Will of God



Devotional thought by Nancy Leigh DeMoss

"Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."
I Thessalonians 5:18

...God's will is not so much about a place, a job, or a specific mate as it is a heart and a lifestyle.

...when faced with perplexing circumstances, when you don't know what to do or which way to go, give thanks --- and you'll find Him giving the discernment you need to make wise, God-honoring decisions.

Questions:
Are you seeking to discern God's will for a particular decision or area of your life?
Are you obeying the parts of His will that you already know?
How about the matter of "giving thanks in all circumstances"?

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Happy 18th Birthday to Rachel Faith!!
I'm so thrilled to be her momma...she is such a treasure!
Got to spend most of the day with her just hanging out...we did get a surprise visit from Raquel (owner of Waller House Inn in Little Falls)! And that was a precious time to sit and visit with her. It was wonderful to have her pray over both Rachel and me! What a blessing....thank you, Raquel!
 
It's been a fun day...opening fun gifts made special because of who they are from.
Now she is off to start the nursing assistant program at the college here. She is excited about it...looks forward to how God will use that and the lives that she will touch with His mercy & grace!
 
I think I'm going to meet up with her after her class tonight and go get something to eat with her...class is from 4:30-9:30pm...good thing she is a night-owl! haha
 
Wishing Rachel a sweet birthday...can't wait to go see the musical Wicked in Minneapolis in few weeks for her birthday treat!


Monday, September 2, 2013

Another house pic...

We turned this room into our dining room! It's a great size for all of us...and room for more!

Thank you to everyone who came out last night to bless our family & our new home. It was a wonderful time of prayer and dedication. We usually take time to light our family candles & have a time of prayer when we move into a new house...and this one was no different. We kept it informal & fun. It was nice to see so many people come out to support us...we had a full house!
So precious to have sweet friends come that are turning 93 and 97 years old in a few weeks...now that was a blessing!

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Our new house...

Some people have asked if I would post a few pics of our new place... I would love to invite you all over for coffee, but that would be quite a drive for some of you! So for now, grab your mug, sit back and enjoy the scene. (This is just a peek into our 1920's house that we just moved into!)
 The above picture shows the brand new window that Todd installed.(top window) He replaced 2 smaller side-by-side windows that didn't meet fire code with one large window. He did am amazing job of learning how to install that custom window all by himself!!

 The original dining room is now our play/preschool room with beautiful built in cabinets and bench.
 At the back of the house we have the original built-in refrigerator. It has a little door on the back that is on the outside of the house where ice would be delivered to the frig. It is a great historical feature in the house!

 Another pic of the preschool room...
 This is one of my favorite parts of the house. Our little front porch entry area...
 Yes, we brought our chickens with us! They wish they could get out into that corn field...The organic corn field lines the back of our property.
Side view of our house. We love sitting out on this deck!

Check back often as I am getting close to being ready to jump back on the blog train! ha Things I write about might mean nothing to you...and that's ok! I want to use this blog mainly to keep in touch with family/friends across the miles...soon we will be an official family of 9! And many have asked about foster care, adoption, homeschooling, outreach, ministry, etc. I think this would be a good place to answer those questions or let others peek into our day! Hopefully it will encourage some, give family a fresh place to see grandkids, and just make others laugh!