Tonight as we closed our family Bible time in prayer the kids each take turns praying. I gently reminded her "Grace it's your turn". There was silence. Then I hear Jonathan ask her "do you want me to help you?". "Yes" she replied.
This past week I woke up and had no voice! It was really strange because I felt fine but when I tired to talk not much came out. You can imagine how fun this was having two kids who are hard of hearing.
Isaiah 40:31, but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. A pretty well known verse. Renew here means "to exchange". As I read this today I wanted to jump up and say "yes!". This is something I've learned to do a lot more these last couple of years.
The series my pastor is preaching through has the application of; preach the Gospel to yourself. Today this is the gospel I preach to myself. "I don't know what tomorrow holds, but I know Who holds tomorrow".
In Sunday school Pastor wrote the word Peace in the white board and asked the class what comes to mind. I answered; "when the kids are all asleep and it's quite and still in the house". He going to tell me to stop answering soon. Ha! But, he did chuckle because he knew I was being facetious and truthful.
In a group of friends the question was posted "what made you smile this past year?". A few simple things come to mind quickly; my oldest turning 13 (yes this make me smile), my brother's wedding, going to a Hillsong concert. But, then my answer gets a little deeper. I look back on this year, this season that I'm in (for the last 2yrs) and I smile.
We went to see a living Nativity last night and visit with some friends. Grace ended up playing an angel (for a bit) she didn't want to stand still and kept wanting to kiss baby Jesus.
My kids have loved having a christmas countdown and getting to move the candy cane one day closer to Christmas day! This year we had this advent book at work. It is so beautiful and the message even better. As you open it up there is an onement with one of the names of God on it. On the other side is a devotional about the name. I love getting to share this with my family this year.
The Cross decorated for Christmas! Each element has a purpose. As we begin this Advent season keep the cross in mind. Jesus came with the cross set before Him. It wasn't just happened along the way, It was why He came, for me and for you.
As we head into Thanksgiving week I'm thinking of the many things that I am thankful for. My husband & children. My family back home. My Church family and a pastor who preaches God's word well. Friends
I see lessons everywhere. Here is no different. When I carry a heavy load (physically or emotionally) I end up hurting myself.
A picture from Grace's Baby Dedication popped up on my Facebook memories - And just like that she is 10yrs old! Her life, a miracle in itself, is dedicated to God. Her story a powerful one of God's grace everyday. It hasn't been easy but God's grace has been there and will continue to be there every step of the way.
Jeremiah 29:11 is a verse often quoted. I'm a believer I knowing what you are reading. The place in witch this is written is when the phophet Jeremiah is writings to the exiles of Isreal
Picked grapes off the vine to wash because Grace wanted a snack. Sometimes I see lessons all around me. This was one of those moments. Jesus said; I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5
I saw this necklace and knew it was somethings I wanted to be reminded of. I can do all things through His strength, not mine. If it is strength you see when you look at me it is not mine. Mine was gone long ago. The only reason I am able to do all that I do is through God's grace that gives me strength each day.