Sunday, January 31, 2010

Happy Birthday to my 10 yr. old!

I know my last post was a "Walk down Memory Lane", but I have to do it again now in honor of my oldest son's birthday today. I can't believe he's 10 yrs. old! The time flew by.

I don't know why this particular birthday has me reflecting on the day he was born. Maybe it's because we had 20 inches of snow back then, and I had to get my in-laws to drive me to the hospital in their 4-wheel drive. This year, we have 10 inches of snow and it's bringing back all the memories.

The day after "J" was born, he was diagnosed with a heart condition. I remember lying in the hospital bed praying and I heard this question in my spirit, "will you still serve Me if he dies?". My very first thought was where else would I go? So of course I answered "yes, Lord". Immediately I heard that still small voice say "this is NOT unto death" and I felt a peace flood my heart. I had called my husband and told him there was something wrong and for him to hurry to the hospital. When he walked into the room he had tears in his eyes and he said "on the way here, I heard the Lord ask me if I would surrender "J" up like Abraham surrendered Isaac and I told him yes. Then I knew he wouldn't die." Total confirmation - God is so good!

After that, we had such peace to take us through the events that followed. "J" had heart surgery at 8 months old and he hasn't stopped going since. He's doing great
and has no limits.

"J", I'm so proud of what a great kid you are. I pray that you will always know how much your Mom & Dad, and family love you. Most importantly, how much your Heavenly Father loves you and has an awesome plan for your life!

Thanks to my blogging friends for allowing me to "reminisce" about my sweet boy.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

A Walk Down Memory Lane: Remember These Days?

Wednesday's Walk Down Memory Lane

Come for a walk with me down Memory Lane!
And if you have a "Memory Lane" post, head on over to Scottsville to join in on the fun!

This walk down Memory Lane goes back to the end of 2003. It seems like forever ago. I miss a lot of things about when my boys where little, but this is one thing I'm glad is behind me!

Both my boys took forever to learn to potty, but "Little B" here knew how but didn't want to give up control. I'll never forget the day he was wearing pull-ups and a friend was over for a play date. They were changing into super hero costumes and the friend saw "Little B's" pull-up and made fun of it. That was the last day he ever wore them and from then on, he went to the bathroom in the potty like "a big boy'. That was the day I saw one positive side to peer pressure! I thought to myself, why didn't I have a kid make fun of him months ago???

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Giving Up Aspartame

I'm back...has anyone missed me? I haven't written in so long and I have a lot to tell, but I would have to write a book, not a blog to fit it all in. So for now, I will let you know that I am making good on one of my New Year's resolutions. I'm giving up Diet Dr. Peppers (and all caf. drinks) once and for all!

I am now on my sixth day with NO Aspartame. I pushed through the headaches and the temptation (except for one momentary lapse on Monday when I had half of a regular Dr. Pepper, but still, no Aspartame). I am drinking water, water, and oh yeah...more water. For those of you who do this all the time, you may say "what's the big deal?" The big deal for me is that 1) I don't like water (but I'm learning to), and 2) Here is just a little sample of how many Caf. free Diet Dr. Pepper's I was drinking...

This is a recycle bin almost completely filled with Diet Dr. Pepper cans from yours truly. Seriously, no one else in my house drank them but ME! We have 5 recycle bins on our deck and almost all of them filled with my nasty habit. I would drink anywhere from 5 to 8 a day on average.

The reason for the's a new year, and I turned another year older this month. But not just any year...a BIG ONE! I thought it was high time to lose weight and get in shape. I recruited my good friend Beth at I'm Heading Towards My Destiny to help me out. She holds me accountable, checking in on me everyday. To prove how serious I was this time about staying committed, I actually told her my weight - something my hubby doesn't even know. Keeping me on track and motivated is a tough job and she has her work cut out for her. But she's been a true friend, caring about seeing me whip this bondage. Which reminds me, thanks to all my blogging friends who have encouraged me, and I know you'll continue to do so.

I see this new year, and new season in my life as a step toward being free from every type of bondage. It's almost as if God showed me that this one area where I appear to be in control (because I would never surrender my eating habits to the Lord) is actually one area where I'm totally out of control (because I'm in total bondage to addiction of foreign substances in my body; as well as the vicious cycle that it creates. The cycle of indulging in comfort foods only to lower my self-esteem as I watch myself grow bigger & bigger). It's what I call an "Esau spirit" where you live for the momentary satisfaction, only to regret it later. I finally told the Lord, "I won't hold anything back anymore. I won't say you can be Lord of everything...except this one thing. I'll give it all to You." Now, I've confessed it to ALL those who dare to read my blog. So I have no excuse. I must walk this out to total freedom.

I encourage you all to search your heart and see if there is anything that you know deep down you hold back from giving to the Lord. If so, please consider surrendering it completely and letting Him replace it with something far greater.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Miracles Still Happen

Please don't EVER let anyone try to convince you that miracles from God are a thing of the past! I can honestly tell you that He is still very much the same today as He was in the days of the Bible.

Before I get into all of that, let me first take the time to say a HUGE "thank you" to everyone of you who prayed for my sweet friends Linda, Lisa & Kellee who were in Haiti at the time of the earthquake. As most of you know if you saw my earlier posts, they arrived in Haiti about an hour before the earthquake hit. No one, including their families had contact with them for over 24 hours. I am so happy to report that they FINALLY arrived home SAFELY last night about 11:30 p.m. They were greeted at the airport by family and a lot of friends from our church and the community, as well as two of the local t.v. stations. There should be no doubt in any of these women's minds as to how much they are loved!

Here is a picture of my friend Linda's two children holding up their "Welcome Home Mom" sign in the airport.

This morning at church, these brave and probably exhausted women, along with their husbands, gave their testimony of some of the things they experienced from the time they landed in Haiti, until they were finally able to catch a relief plane home. I wish I had time to tell you ALL of the things they shared, but I will tell you some of the amazing stories that really stuck out for me.

First of all, all three of them felt that God told them to go to Haiti. So they had the peace of God that passes all understanding to help them through the events that unfolded after their arrival. They had plans to go to an orphanage, but they soon learned that God's plans trumped their own. They immediately gave clothes to a lady who had been taking a shower when the quake hit, and she literally ran out of the house with no clothes on. Kellee pulled a dress from her suitcase and clothed the women. They spent the first night in a soccer field with tons of others, as they all sat praising God, singing and worshipping all night. The next morning, they were put to work passing out supplies, using the band aids & Neosporin and other meager tools they had, as people started coming in droves to ask for their help. Keep in mind that none of these women were medically trained. The only thing that equipped them to serve was their faith in God and a whole lot of prayer! Which leads me to one of the most amazing things that happened. I reported earlier that my friend Linda helped deliver a baby. I had it in my mind that she stood and assisted as some doctor or midwife delivered a baby. I didn't realize until this morning that she actually delivered the baby! The doctors had all run off and abandoned the clinic after the quake. This man came to them and said a lady was in labor and they had to help. Linda kept protesting saying she was not experienced. Finally after much persistence, she agreed. She tells of having to step over the sick and dying who were too far gone to receive any help other than prayer. Some already dead bodies were also lining the doorway. The only room that was empty was the delivery room. It soon became evident that the baby was turned, not breach, but sideways in the womb. She spoke what little French she could remember and told the lady that it was going to be a difficult birth. With nothing else to do, she exercised her authority in Christ and commanded the baby to turn in Jesus name and be born. She said they could visibly see the baby turn the right way and the baby came out. They cleaned up the now healthy baby girl and cut the umbilical cord with some scissors and tied it off with some fabric that they had brought. Can you say "Praise God?" As if that wasn't enough, another man, who was a Pastor in Haiti, asked if she would help deliver his wife's baby as well. This baby was a boy and the Pastor asked if Linda would name him. She prayed and said "I have your baby's name. We passed through these doors over death & destruction, but now we will go out with praise on our lips, so let's name your son Judah!"

Another awesome display of God's miracle working power is that He constantly multiplied their supplies. They knew how much they had packed and yet they kept giving out and giving out. One specific example was a box of granola bars that Linda had brought. There were only 8 to begin with, and she said each lady had two a piece (my 3 friends and the dentist, so all four ladies had 2 granola bars), then they gave out some more to the man at the clinic, and still some more to others. God multiplied the granola bars. Same thing with a bottle of water Lisa had bought at the airport in Miami before they landed in Haiti. All four women drank water from that bottle for several days and it never ran out. Band aids were passed out, the Neosporin didn't run out...etc.

And the last example of God's provision I'll give is from Wayne, Linda's husband. He had been working desperately to get in touch with the ladies. They couldn't get through to the cell phone. Finally Wayne and some of the men in the church prayed that their call would supernaturally get through to Linda. Full of faith, they dialed the number again and it went right through. Once they found out they were alive & well, Wayne worked around the clock to find a way home for the ladies. He felt led to fly to Florida and work with a relief supply team that was sending planes to and from Haiti. He said he wanted to see these people face to face and plead their case with them until they would agree to let the ladies on the flight. As he was leaving the house, he grabbed a handful of change and was out the door. He had no other money on him at the time. In Florida, he rented a car and was driving down the highway when he saw a toll booth. The price of the toll was $1.50. He reached in his pocket to see what kind of change he had. He said he pulled out exactly a dollar, a dime, two nickels and five pennies. He immediately felt God whisper in his spirit "I am a God who is involved in the details". At this point in the testimony this morning, he took the time encourage us all that no matter what we are facing in our lives right now, God is in control of every detail!

Here is a picture of Linda, Lisa, Kellee and their three husbands giving their testimony in church this morning.

It was such an amazing testimony, and I know that it was just the tip of the iceberg. I can't wait until they are rested and I can hear everything.

I want to let everyone know how powerful your prayers were in all that happened. These women will tell you that they could absolutely feel God's presence, power, and provision. We have no doubt that your prayers played an important role in their success. Thank you so much & God bless!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

My friends in Haiti made the local news

My friends Linda, Kellee & Lisa have made the local news. Between all the prayers and now this news report, I can't wait to tell them what "superstars" they've become.

Triangle women take mission trip to Haiti

Should I tease them and say "some people will go to GREAT lengths to get a little attention!" Too soon? yeah, maybe I'll wait.

I'll just be happy to have them home.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Praise Report!

Thanks to everyone for praying for my friends in Haiti. I finally got an update late yesterday afternoon.

This is the update from her husband on Facebook:

I just spoke with Linda and she and the other ladies are doing great. They are currently outside at a soccer field across from a hospital helping to care for people. Last night Linda helped to deliver two babies..they are full of faith and God is using them..thanks to everyone for praying and keep going until they come home. We don't know when that will take place but we thank God for His provision.

The word from them today was that they had moved from the soccer field to a safe Christian school that was not affected by the earthquake. They are seeking wisdom from God about how to get a missionary plane to be evacuated. Please pray that they will be able to get a spot on a plane and find a way out of Haiti. Continue to pray for their protection until they are safely home.

God is so good! He loves the Haitian people so much, he sent some powerful, spirit-filled women to be on the ground there when the tragedy struck, so they would be able to minister God's peace & love in the midst of such horrific loss.

Thank you all for praying and believing with me. On a side note, today is my birthday. I can't think of any better present than to hear that my friends are safe and being used of God, except maybe to hear that they are back on American soil.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


Calling all blogging friends, intercessors & prayer warriors! I am asking for prayer for of my very best friends who left this morning on a missionary trip to Haiti. She and 3 other ladies arrived this afternoon in Haiti right before the earthquake hit. None of their husbands or families have heard from them yet.

They asked for several people to pray for them before this trip. They had a lot of different words spoken over them. My husband & I were able to anoint them with oil and pray over them on Sunday afternoon. I received an email from her this morning saying they were in Miami waiting for their connecting flight. She was giving a praise report for the favor God was showing them already in regards to their baggage and other logistics.

None of us could have imagined the kind of tragedy they would face once they got to Haiti. I don't know where they are or what they're facing, but I know that our Heavenly Father has these dear ladies in the palm of His hand. He must have had some reason for sending them at "such a time as this". Still, please pray for them to be safe & that they will be filled with faith & peace. Also, pray for their families while they wait to hear their whereabouts.

Last, pray for the people of Haiti. They are completely devastated. I read a
report on CNN that the people where crying out in the streets yelling "Jesus, Jesus". May God be glorified even in this very tragic time in the poorest nation on earth.

I have a peace that they will be alright, but my heart is still very heavy. Thank you for your prayers & support. God bless.

Making Decisions

I don't understand why I can see and hear so clearly for other people when it comes to making decisions, but I can't for the life of me hear God clearly when it comes to my own. Does anyone else have that problem? If you struggle with this problem, you may be like me. I am the QUEEN of putting out "fleeces" for the Lord! (Judges 6:36-40)

I need to make a decision, not a life changing one, but it would definitely affect my family on a day to day basis. It would also change something that I am doing now...something that I believed God had given in order to pull me out of my comfort zone and teach me to be a leader. I'm just not sure if that season is over now, and it's time to move on, or if I'm supposed to stay with this until the end. On the other hand, this decision could be the answer to some of our prayers, some of our problems...I really need direction!

I know I'm not making any sense, without getting into the details. Let's just say, this is one of those times when my own desires are clouding my ability to hear God clearly. Please pray that I will hear, know, and obey the will of the Lord (not other's voices or opinions).

Thank you Lord for always giving me a verse I can run to in times like these! I am leaning on the verse in Prov. 3:6 "seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take." (New Living Translation)

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Frustrating but Fun Surprise Party

Yesterday was my hubby's birthday. We woke up in the morning and started the day off right by praying and thanking God for his life.

I had planned a little surprise get together for him with two couples from our church. I arranged for the boys to spend the night at my dads. I made reservations
for six at The Farm House restaurant. Everything was set for a fun birthday surprise...but nothing works out that easy.

My friends were supposed to get to the restaurant before us and be waiting at the table when we walked in. However, they called and said they were running a little late, so I should stall. The problem with that is, my husband got home from work early and was hungry. He wanted to leave around 5:30 p.m. to "beat the dinner crowd". (He IS sounding old, just kidding). So, I had to tell him that I already made reservations for 6:30 p.m., we could drop the kids off at 6:00 p.m. and still make our dinner plans. He hurried the kids along, we dropped the kids off, with no dilly dallying around (did you like that word?), and we were on our way to the restaurant at 6:18 p.m. The Farm House isn't that far away and I knew we were going to be there before our guests. I went into panic mode and couldn't think of any reasonable excuse to stall, other than to drive slow. Well, this immediately raised suspicions because I NEVER drive slow! My husband said "hurry up, we are going to miss our reservation." I went a little faster. When we made it to the gravel road turn off for the Farm House, I slowed down and pretended to care about my mini-van hitting all the pot holes. Again he questioned "why are you driving so slow?" He wasn't buying my excuse.

As suspected, we made it to the restaurant before our friends. We went inside and it wasn't crowded at all...just my luck (the one time I wanted to waste time and they were ready to seat us right away). The hostess said "party of two?" My husband said "yes" and she grabbed some menus and began to walk us to a table. Everything is going WRONG! I said "no, wait!" and then I whispered to the hostess, "we had reservations" - I discretely gave her my name. Then the hostess loudly proclaimed, "Oh yes, table for six?" To which my husband replied, "SIX? Who's coming?" Now I'm really scrambling to think of something, but nothing comes to mind. He asked again and started guessing who it might be. So far, he doesn't have a clue who it is. I finally scolded him, saying "CAN'T YOU JUST ENJOY THE SURPRISE!"

They seat us at the table while we wait on his surprise guests. They walk through the door and yell "SURPRISE" as they are laughing. Okay, so it wasn't really the way I'd imagined it, but it was fun none the less. He was glad to see them. Good friends who he never suspected. We ended up laughing and having a great time. I could finally relax now that I had no more pressure. I can honestly say that I'm not a good liar, and while that makes for a really poor surprise party host, it makes for a great Christian I suppose.

So what started out as frustrating, ended up being a lot of fun. However, I don't think that I will be throwing anymore surprise parties in the future, it's just too much pressure (lol).

Here is my husband getting his "surprise" birthday pie as the waitresses sing Happy Birthday to him.

Here he is goofing off with his pie (now no one will want a bite!)

Here are our sweet (but not punctual) friends - I forgive them because they are so much fun!

And our other very good friends (who you might recognize Beth at I'm Heading Towards My Destiny ) Turns out her husband ended up knowing half the restaurant even though they had never been there before! Such a sweet & hilarious couple.

Here I am, all happy now that everyone is here & having fun.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Please be in prayer for my blogging friend, Alleluiabelle at Humble as I Go. Pray especially for a miracle for her husband, Ron. But also for her entire family's health, which really seems to be under attack. I know, and she is claiming as well, that the prayers of all you blogging friends are very powerful. God bless you all.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Let Your Light Shine

I heard a powerful sermon at church last was one of those life changing sermons that rang so true in my spirit, I actually wanted to weep, but I held it in. I wish I could do it justice, but I won't even try. Besides, I'm pretty sure my friend Beth at I'm Heading Toward My Destiny will post something about it later today. You should go check it out on her blog. One thing I will say is that the visiting pastor who spoke told us that we should read Chapter 33 of Exodus, Ezekiel, Jeremiah & Isaiah, and find out what the Lord is speaking to the Church (the body of Christ) for 2010.

I started this morning with Jeremiah 33 - I was struck by verse 9, as this confirmed something the Lord showed me several years ago and I believe the fulfillment of it is coming in the next few years. Jer. 33:9 "Then it shall be to Me a name of joy, a praise, and an honor before all nations of the earth, who shall hear all the good that I do to them; they shall fear and tremble for all the goodness and all the prosperity that I provide for it." If you read the chapter, it's talking about bringing back the captives of Israel, forgiving their sins, and once again blessing them, for His name's sake. What that means is, God wants to heal His bride (the Church) of our sins, bring us out of captivity (free us from bondage), and bless us (as a testimony of His goodness & mercy)! Verse 11 says "...the voice of those who will say: 'Praise the Lord of hosts, for the Lord is good, for his mercy endures forever'".

Don't get me wrong, I'm not talking about God blessing this nation with prosperity...I'm talking about Him blessing His Church! Not just financially, but in every way. I believe, and I've heard from many other men and women of God, that we will have a short time of rebound, and then once again, we will face difficult times in this country. This is not to bring fear, but to encourage Christians, to prepare and get close to the Lord. He wants to use us as a testimony to the struggling world, that we are His and He is good. As I prayed this morning, I saw in my mind a clear picture of God setting His people apart from the world. He wants to bless the Church in such a way, that it would cause unbelievers to come to us and ask "what is it about you that is different?" or "how can I get what you have?". This is the perfect set up for the greatest harvest of souls we've ever seen, at least in my lifetime anyway.

I felt very strong that many Christians have "set themselves apart" in a way that wasn't of God. This is not a call to separate ourselves from people who need Jesus because we feel like their sin will somehow "contaminate us". It is also not to develop and "elitist" attitude. It's dwelling among people, yet living in God's favor in such a way that His bride will shine and give Him glory! I kept thinking of Matthew 5:14-16 "You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven."

Please remember, as the earth becomes darker (spiritually speaking), and as trouble comes to all nations (including ours) not fear, stay close to God and let Him shine through you to bring people to a saving knowledge. Because Christ lives in you, you are the salt & light of the world, you are wisdom to the hurting, you are the answer to their problems, you are hope to the hopeless, you are the one who will show them what a powerful, loving, Heavenly Father we serve.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Day one of a healthy lifestyle - HELP!

Okay, today was day one of my official "eating healthy & exercise" lifestyle change. I knew it was coming after the holidays, so I've been stuffing my face with all my favorite fatty foods - a last meal of sorts. I've had more fried mozzarella sticks in the past week than most people eat in a lifetime!

I ate somewhat healthy this morning - half of whole wheat bagel, a slithering of peanut butter (for the protein), topped with half of a banana. Now I'm starving and I'm looking through the cabinets for a snack. I haven't fully prepared for my new healthy lifestyle, not enough healthy stuff, and still too much temptation. I had a hand full of peanuts (you know, for the protein, right?) Still hungry...God help me. I am thinking of joining Weight Watchers, but the only meeting time I can fit into my schedule is on Friday morning. So I have a whole week of this torture.

Then, just when I needed a light shining out of the darkness...I found this video by Anita Renfroe that sums up how I'm feeling.

To all those who have started the year off determined to lose weight and get healthy...stay strong, and pray for me, PLEASE!!!

Poem: Just One Request

Dear Master for this coming year
Just one request I bring:
I do not pray for happiness,
Or any earthly thing —

I do not ask to understand
The way Thou leadest me,
But this I ask: Teach me to do
The thing that pleaseth Thee.

I want to know Thy guiding voice,
To walk with Thee each day.
Dear Master make me swift to hear
And ready to obey.

And thus the year I now begin
A happy year will be —
If I am seeking just to do
The thing that pleaseth Thee.

--Unknown Author

Friday, January 1, 2010

Dear Lord,

So far this year I've done well.

I haven't gossiped, I haven't lost my temper, I haven't been greedy, grumpy, nasty, selfish, or overindulgent. I'm very thankful for that. But in a few minutes, Lord, I'm going to get out of bed, and from then on I'm probably going to need a lot more help.


Even though it's a joke, I can sort of relate. With each New Year, comes a brand new start. A time to change all our bad habits, correct wrong behavior, make pledges to live better, love more, and represent Christ in all that we do. This is not a bad thing, we should examine our lives and make changes where necessary. I just think I put too much pressure on myself at the beginning of the year to have a complete makeover and I expect it to happen instantaneously. It's like I expect to wake up New Year's Day and everything will have automatically changed overnight. I will no longer crave sweets; I'll have an overwhelming desire to exercise; I'll clean up my house everyday; I'll pray & read my Bible day & get the picture. Now back to reality.

I've heard it said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. That is what I do each year. I make no real plans to change my eating habits or behavior, but I want so desperately to see different results. How do I expect it to happen?

The truth is, a New Year is a new beginning to make right choices. And choices are something we make everyday, one at a time. I just need to pace myself and change a little at a time. I didn't get this way overnight, or even in one year. So why should expect to change overnight? I don't want to set myself up for failure because I want to see instant results.

So, for 2010, I am making a conscious effort to change day by day, with God's help. And when I have setbacks, I will not quit, I will just start over again from there. That is my New Year's resolution.

I pray that you all have a Happy New Year, filled with 365 days of "good choices".