Sunday, November 30, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
This calling God gives, to be a mother and wife
My heart hopes and longs that this may be my life
I have so much to learn to be the woman I hope for
One who is faithful, loving, and a very hardworker
A mother who teaches her children with wisdom
That Christ's love might be shown through the beauty of adoption
My prayers to the Savior, in whom I will confide
Where God calls me to marriage, to be a Godly wife.
We started our day with the Macy's Day parade. Here's most of the clan minus Jon and mom (who's taking the picture!):
So at our house we do not have an ice maker. Nope. We're old-fashioned. We have the ice cube trays that we refill several times a day. It's annoying (but I'm thankful for a freezer in which to keep ice and water to make ice with!). So when we visit my aunt and uncle's house we LOVE using their ice maker. I had to laugh when I saw Noah filling his glass up this morning (on his knees I might add! maybe he was tired????) so I snapped a picture.
- At our girls bible study we've been reading Romans. Anna and I sit and look at eachother, just trying to fathom how and why He would possibly forgive us and then LOVE us! How amazing is that?!!
"But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. "
Show the wonder of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes. Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings."
2. This season of my life has, along with many other lessons, been a time of finding hope. Through scripture and words of encouraging people I've come to realize that as Christians, we are never left without hope. I'm so thankful for that!! It is almost healing to have the promise of hope when one's heart has been left wounded by the disappointments, harshness, and pain of this world. I find comfort and rest in knowing that there is hope for a future, hope for a new day, a second chance. My heart is so much more joyful and my outlook so much more positive since the Lord revealed this great hope to me.
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
3. I am so thankful for the beautiful body of Christ. It has been so amazing as I've gotten older to see firsthand what it means to be apart of this body. Serving and being served. Rejoicing for and with others. Crying on their shoulders and letting them cry on mine. It is just an incredible group of people, pieced together like a jigsaw puzzle, linked by each person's gifts and personalities, and saturated by the love of Christ in all of our hearts.
"Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully."
4. And, lastly, I'm thankful that when I think about the past year I see so clearly the kisses from heaven and fingerprints of God ALL OVER!! HE has changed me, stripped me of idols, and taught me despite my sin, rebellion, pride, and selfishness. He could just leave me yet He didn't! He chose to teach and guide me that I may look back on my life and give Him glory saying, "My gracious Father, look what You have done!! Great are you Lord and worthy to be praised!!!"
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
We have so much to be thankful for!
And, I stumbled upon this Scripture passage this morning and love it!
"3May all the gifts and benefits that come from God our Father, and the Master, Jesus Christ, be yours.
4-6Every time I think of you—and I think of you often!—I thank God for your lives of free and open access to God, given by Jesus. There's no end to what has happened in you—it's beyond speech, beyond knowledge. The evidence of Christ has been clearly verified in your lives.
7-9Just think—you don't need a thing, you've got it all! All God's gifts are right in front of you as you wait expectantly for our Master Jesus to arrive on the scene for the Finale. And not only that, but God himself is right alongside to keep you steady and on track until things are all wrapped up by Jesus. God, who got you started in this spiritual adventure, shares with us the life of his Son and our Master Jesus. He will never give up on you. Never forget that."
1 Corinthians 1:3-9 Message Version
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
I am incredibly frustrated with the computer at the moment. My laptop is in the shop getting fixed (long story!) and I really miss it. Anyway, I can't get the pics to post in any other order and I really want to go to bed. But I really want to post after spending time getting the pics ready so here you go!! lol!
Noah had a basketball game Friday night and they won!! Good job buddy! :) (picture of him at bottom of post!)
Sat. morning we braved the cold weather and took family pictures! They turned out great! We were so thankful Spencer was willing to freeze right along with us to take the picture! :)
Sat. evening we saw Iona come home! She's SO beautiful!
Chloe and I after our walk (me with no makeup..can't believe I'm putting this on my blog lol!)
Noah at his game!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
25Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church— 30for we are members of his body. 31"For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh." 32This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. 33However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband."
Tonight at Bible study we had a great discussion on marriage out of Ephesians. I came home and really felt the Lord inspiring me to write in response. The talk of marriage always excites me and I really love how Paul describes it as a "profound mystery." Because I don't get it lol. But I do know that, when built on Christ, it can be beautiful and amazing. I LOVE seeing couples, specifically ones who have been married for awhile, walking and holding hands. That, to me, is just a precious example of a marriage that has stayed strong through the years. That they have chosen to stand strong and lean on eachother and God. I know this may not be true but that's what I always think of when I see people like that. Anyway, here's the poem I wrote. May it bring glory to God, because He is truly the author of these. I'm merely the "communicator" of His whisperings of the poem in my heart.
So... here it is!
It’s a beautiful image
Just like God and His Son
Displayed in a man and a woman
Who are united as one.
Those sacred vows bind
Their bodies and hearts
No other love may they find,
Never till death do they part.
The cry of her heart
Is met by this man
To be affirmed, loved
Just as written in God’s plan
She submits to her husband
And trusts in his care
That his judgement is good
That he’s sought God in prayer.
They trek up the mountains
Help one another through
They walk down in deep valleys
They stay steadfast and true
Through the thick and the thin
Lots of smiles and tears
Through the cycles of sin
They grow old through the years
With children a plenty
And gray hairs to show
They walk hand in hand
The path of life they well know.
He turns to his wife
And he still can find beauty
Her face full of life
Her heart devoted to him fully.
“I love you”, he says
And she ponders the words
45 years of wedded bliss
Is rarely ever heard.
“It wasn’t easy, my darling,
But I’ve loved every minute.
Your love has changed me forever,
I’ll never regret this commitment.”
May the beauty of marriage
Never be lost in this world
May the value of a kiss
Not be cheaply sold.
This profound mystery,
This creation of God
Is not meant to be forgotten
But held high by everyone.
As we look forward to marriage
To that season of life,
Look at the beauty in the Bible
Of God’s plan for husband and wife!
- Joy- I have felt tangible evidence of my prayers for this being answered this past week. I had been praying that the Lord would fill my with joy- joy from Him!! This will sound weird but I've felt like a different person this week. At first I attributed it to the fact that I just got back from a retreat and that I was just riding the high from that. But as the week has gone on, my joy has not diminished. So I began thinking of other reasons of what I had done to make myself so happy. Of course, the answer is NOTHING! Nothing I did has given me more joy. It's all God. Praise you Jesus! The joy of the Lord is present always, it's not a "happiness" dependent on circumstances.
- Precious precious precious family and friends. Thank you to each person who loves me SO well. I appreciate and love each of you so much! You bring out the best in me, make me laugh, and make my life so much fuller. I wouldn't be the same without you!!
- Awesome youth pastor- Our church has been SOO blessed by incredible pastors. Pastor Dave, my youth pastor, is phenomenal. He is so dedicated to us. I had lunch with him yesterday and realized again just how fortunate I am to be in a church that has such great leadership and to have a youth pastor who cares about us and what's going on in our lives.
- This one is random. I turned on the radio in the back file room at work the other day (i don't like being back there by myself without music- it's too quiet lol!). Anyway, I turned it on and Christmas music started playing!!! :) That made me so happy. I love the Christmas season. So I'm thankful that the holidays are quickly approaching. I have my little list of gifts that I need to prepare/buy and I'm getting excited.
- 6 more days till Thanksgiving Break!!! Yaay!!!
- And... it's time to go to work. So i'm thankful for a job to go to! :) I love it there!
Have a great Thursday! :)
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Also an ADORABLE little boy! :) He's obsessed with the movie "Cars" and somehow we managed to play for 3 whole hours with just his Cars collection and Little People. The other hour was spent eating lunch and taking him to see Chloe (or Tolee as he calls her!). It was so weird (and fun) to be driving with a little kid in the backseat of my car. I felt very old, yet it made me excited to think that this could (hopefully!) be my life someday, a precious 3 year old in the back seat chattering away about Cars, Grandma, Papa, and Tolee (Chloe). Fun to think about.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
5. And just a funny thing that i just remembered. I wrote a paper last week about Slavery for my English Literature class and the teacher made this comment, "Molly, Great work! You had several interesting and valid points. Try to write more formally in the future......" I looked back on it after I'd received my grade and realized that it sort of resembled my blog post style. I nearly laughed out loud. I did too much blogging there for awhile and forgot how to write a formal paper.
6. Pics from our small group girls cookie party. We got together to make cookies and messed up the dough because we got busy talking (i think that's what happened at least!). So they wouldn't really make good cookies. Not to be robbed of our dessert, we got out a pan and made a cookie cake. Add some ice cream, chocolate sauce, and sprinkles and we were good to go! :)
Love these girls!!! Thank you Lord for these friendships!
7. I just got new updates on my sweet Claudia girl. I just cannot get these sweet kids off of my mind. A few tears trickled down my cheeks when I opened up the email with these pics in it. This precious girl who absolutely captured my heart is growing up without her family. And I could go on and on. I don't know what God has in store for me but I know that these kids are etched into my heart somehow. And it makes it hard to sit here and do school all day when I know that they need help!
Have a great week! I'm determined to keep up on this now. I think I really missed blogging...
Sunday, November 2, 2008
My Savior is near,
And for my relief
Will surely appear;
By prayer let me wrestle,
And He will perform;
With Christ in the vessel,
I smile at the storm.
Though dark be my way,
Since He is my Guide,
'Tis mine to obey,
'Tis His to provide;
Though cisterns be broken,
And creatures all fail,
The word He hath spoken
Shall surely prevail.
Begone unbelief, the Savior is here.
Begone unbelief, the Savior is here.
Begone unbelief, the Savior is here.
Though cisterns be broken, and creatures all fail.
The Word He has spoken will surely prevail.
The Word He has spoken will surely prevail.
His love, in time past,
Forbids me to think
He'll leave me at last
In trouble to sink:
Each sweet Ebenezer
I have in review
Confirms His good pleasure
To help me quite through.
Why should I complain
Of want or distress,
Temptation or pain?
He told me no less;
The heirs of salvation,
I know from His Word,
Through much tribulation
Must follow their Lord.
How bitter that cup
No heart can conceive,
Which He drank quite up,
That sinners might live!
His way was much rougher
And darker than mine;
Did Christ, my Lord, suffer,
And shall I repine?
Since all that I meet
Shall work for my good,
The bitter is sweet,
The medicine, food;
Though painful at present,
'Twill cease before long,
And then, oh, how pleasant
The conqueror's song!
This song was introduced to our church this morning and i LOVE it. The words are so powerful, a balm to the soul, an encouragment to press on for the victory and sing the conqueror's song!! We all know what our cracked cisterns are, the parts of our heart that ache and ache, even when we're happy. We try to fill them up with things of this world, attempting to supress the pain. We cover them up, not letting anyone else see. But the Father sees our hearts. He sees the silent, hidden tears shed when nobody else is looking. He gives us the everlasting fountain of life that will fill the cracked cisterns to overflowing! What great hope is that?! Thank you Jesus for your hope and love! Help me to believe, even when it's hard and it seems that the path is hopeless. Help me to trust, when the way is unclear! Fill our cisterns with living water, that we may be consumed with YOU!