Monday, February 28, 2011

Rise and Shine!!

One of the many things that God has been changing around here is our schedule. I will go into more detail on another post.

Today  I got up early spent some time with Lord and then went to the gym all before the sun came up. I have to say that even though it was a struggle to get out of bed, it was a wonderful quiet time alone.  Just me and Jesus. 

When I got home, I couldn’t believe how much time I had before everyone would get up and start their day, so I decided to make everyone a nice breakfast. Just as I was about to get everything ready my oldest daughter got up and asked to help.  I told her I had something better for her. She could do it all. She was elated. Brianna has such a servants heart. She is always asking to help with anything, even if it’s changing a babies diaper. I try to not be one of those moms that never let their kids help because it always takes twice as long and usually twice as messy.. I want to teach her and to be honest, this is how she enjoys spending time with people, by helping them! I could learn a lot from this girl.

Whisking the eggs
 As I was in the middle of showing her how to do everything and my littlest one decided she wanted to help as well.

Well, all she really did was look adorable, but that's helping right!?!

Beautiful Addison, messy hair and all

Back to cooking......
Looking good!

She also made oatmeal and biscuits

She was having so much fun!

Just as we were finishing up, everyone slowly got out of bed. She hugged me so tight and thanked me for letting her help.

Thankful for such an amazing start to the day. Thankful that I could love on my oldest daughter and have some one on one time talking about Jesus with her.

 I am even thankful that I get the honor of washing all these dishes.
It was worth it!

Have a blessed day!!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Blessed are those who mourn?

     I have been in a horrible funk lately. Yes, funk. That seems to be the only word to describe it. Not a depression, just a funk. It's something different then anything I have ever gone through. Normally I get in my moods, because I am not walking with God, but this time I was with Him. Yet, I couldn't seem to get out from under this funk.

   Hubby and I know what God has called us to do. We have been saying for years, "Okay Lord, we are ready, let's do this!" But He kept saying "Not now."
The Lord has finally told us it is time and now I am saying that I am not ready. "No, not yet Lord, it can not possibly be time, I am not ready, I will ruin everything!."

  I have been in the Word more in the past week then I have in a long time. The more I spent in the word, the deeper my funk got. The more that God would reveal Himself to me, the more I fell to the ground, repenting, crying, repenting, crying. Usually when this happens I would walk away refreshed, like a burden has been lifted. Not this time. This time I was worse, I would put on a happy face, but the Lord was doing a work inside me that frighten me, that caused me to feel Him in a new way, that caused me to not be able to stop repenting.

  Normally this is great! But I was a mess. So bad, hubby would not stop praying for me, he would call just to pray, he would wake me up just to pray. He knew that God was doing something, but what? Why couldn't I get out of this funk? Why couldn't I repent and move on?

  The other day God leveled me. I was done. There was no getting out of bed. I was weary and tired and I couldn't get out. I knew that I needed to be with Him, but how?  I thought I all ready was.

The Lord kept giving me the verse " Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted." Matthew 5:4

  But I was confused. I was not mourning anyone. Then I looked up the word mourning in greek. Penthus or Penthos is the word used for mourning in the bible. It means Deep sorrow of the soul, closely linked to repenting and weeping. Hmmmm well that sounded like me.

"Draw near to God and He will draw near to you, cleanse your hands you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double mined. 
Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will exalt you." James 4:8-10

  I was mourning myself, my sin. My sin against the One who holds it all, My sin against the One I live for. Not like before, this time it was different. I was mourning the person that I was. The person from yesterday, from an hour ago. He was showing me that the further into my walk I go, the more is required. With much Faith comes much repentance. He was revealing Himself to me and all I could do was repent.

Woe is me!

Whatever it is that is heading my way, God needed to remove a lot from me. Things that I was holding on to, things that were in the way of allowing Him to change me.Things that were in the way of bringing Him glory. And He is not done with me. Not even close.

  It's all internal at this point. I don't know when God will allow it to flush out, but I do know this. When Jacob was wrestling with God, he never walked the same way again. Literally. He was never the same person.

"When I look at your Heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place, 
what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? 
 O Lord, our Lord how majestic is your name in all the earth!" Psalm 8:3-4,9

Thursday, February 10, 2011


I was going to do the drawing tonight, but I have tons to do, so I decided to pick a winner now!

Thank you all so much for spreading the word and also for those of you who bought a necklace. Melts my heart when I get those paypal emails. :)  We only have ONE of our beautiful coin necklaces left, so if you want it, you better get it now.

On to the winner........

My beautiful daughter mixed up the names

And whose name did she draw???

It's JULIE from 7900Miles

Julie, if you could please email me your address so I can send you your necklace. Congrats!!!!

Thank you all again so much!


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Arms wide open

                                                So I'll stand
                            With arms high and heart abandoned
                                   In awe of the One who gave it all

                                            So I'll stand
                             My soul Lord to You surrendered
                                            All I am is Yours
                                                                         ~ Hillsong "Stand" 

There is so much in life that tries to steal us away from Jesus.  

If we would live our lives worshiping our King with arms wide open, then there is
nothing else that we can hold onto besides Him.
Praying that the Lord will continue to rip my idols from my hands. 

Thursday, February 3, 2011

It's GIVEAWAY Time!!!!

It has been a crazy couple of months. We have been denied grants, we have had only one donation in the past 5 months, we barely broke even on our shirt sales and our puzzle is not even close to being finished.

After reading all that you may think I am trying to throw some sort of pity party or to make everyone feel sad for me. NOPE! Not at all, I honestly am okay with it all, I wanted to write it to encourage anyone that may be in the same situation like us, that God will bring it, when it is our time. I truly believe that.

I do however feel like our referral will be soon, so the good Lord told me I should do a giveaway. Who doesn't love to win something anyways!?!

We only have a limited number of our necklaces left and I would like to sell out. (Oh that would be so nice) So I am going to give away a beautiful African bead necklace. Maybe it will draw some traffic and someone will be so bummed they didn't win and then will feel led to buy. Hey it can happen! 

Here are our beautiful handmade fair trade necklaces.

Authentic Ethiopian 25 cent coin with a leather braided cord. LOVE these!


We only have SEVEN  SIX  FIVE  FOUR THREE TWO  ONEof these coin necklaces left. Once they are gone, they are GONE!!!!

We also have these beautiful glass beaded fair trade necklaces accented with silver pieces. I love this necklace, you can double it around your neck or you can even wear it as a bracelet.

This it doubled
These are so fabulous and handmade, so no two are alike. But they are beautiful! We only have a limited supply left.

Without further ado here is how you enter:

Share on FB - 1 entry for each day that you do it
Put on your blog- 3 entries
Become a follower of my blog - 1 entry
Please make sure you comment and let me know what you did!!

WOW!!! That was easy! I hope you will help us spread the word and you could win a beautiful glass bead necklace!

I will draw the winner in one week, Thursday February 10th!!