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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Secret Sisters

Thank you so much Secret Sister in hiding! I have been so down and out the past two weeks. Hubbys away for work and Im tryin to be normal without his help here with me. Things have been rough lately but we are making it. So getting some of your favorite things was a nice surprise. I love burts bees too!!!! Three tubes of there lip balm should last me a little while. Thank you. I have never tried the hand santizer you sent or ever seen that kind but it is so nice and has such a pleasant clean smell. I LOVE IT! Thank you for blessing me with your prayers and kind gifts!

Monday, January 21, 2008

Nursing necklace

I wanted one but d/n want to spend money on one if I could make one myself. Well here is my attempt. I really like it but Sara only really messes with it when shes not nursing.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Toby Mac

Have you seen the videos about car insurance? well Toby Mac did his version, talking about what his song boomin is about. Check it out, its funny!

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

God and his love

God's Power to Heal You from the Inside Out
Jan Coates with Rebekah Montgomery

"I am the Lord who heals you..." (Exodus 15:26b)
When your heart is shattered, there is one truth you need to hold on to: God loves you unconditionally.
It's true: Satan's lies can greatly sway you and me during those vulnerable moments. But regardless of our weakness and fears, God does hear us when we call for his help. We need to hold on to this important truth.
Yet in a traumatized state, we may not--or cannot--comprehend the depths of God's unconditional love. To help us experience God's love and prepare our hearts for his life-changing healing, we must first know him.
May I introduce you to my friend God?
God created us with an innate desire to know and love him. While this desire will last eternally, trauma can shock it into temporary dormancy.
So who is God? Through his inspired Word, he tells us. In the Bible, we find God has many names that identify his nature and character. These names clarify why he heals.
Elohim means "God Almighty, one true God." It denotes God's supernatural, creative power. Elohim or "El" can be combined with other words to emphasize attributes of God.
Jehovah is the greatest name of God, which means, "I AM" God, "I AM" Lord. It implies the relationship of God to his creature, man. It comes from the Hebrew verb "YHVH" meaning "to be." Jehovah is frequently used with other words to describe the covenant names of God, including:
Jehovah-Jireh means "the Lord who sees and provides."
Jehovah-Nisi means "the Lord is my miracle," or "the Lord is my banner."
Jehovah-Tsidkenu means "the Lord who is our righteousness."
Jehovah-Shalom refers to "the Lord of peace."
Jehovah-Rapha means "the Lord who heals you."
God's names tell us that he is perfect, holy, all knowing, ever-present, the beginning and end of all things, the same, yesterday, today, and forever. While neither he nor his love ever changes, his love changes us from the inside out.
Who would want to make us holy, whole, and lovable? His name is God.
Why God Heals
Meet Jehovah-Rapha, or the God who heals.
If you are deeply wounded, you may ask: "Why would God heal me?"
1. God heals because he is The Healer--and because he loves you. He created you for his infinite love. In Jeremiah 31:3, God says to you, "I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness."
2. God heals in response to his promises. In Jeremiah 30:17a, God says to you, "I will restore you to health and heal your wounds." Think about it: Jesus dedicated much of his ministry to healing diseased bodies and broken hearts.
3. God heals when you demonstrate faith--even a smidgen the size of a mustard seed. Matthew 9:22 tells of a woman hemorrhaging for twelve years. As Jesus walked by, she touched the hem of his garment. Jesus turned and said, "Take heart, daughter, your faith has healed you." By faith, she reached out and was healed instantly. God responds to faith.
4. God heals to encourage people to come to Him. David wrote: "Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits--who forgives all your sins, and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion" (Psalm 103:2-4).
Healing--Inside Out
Here's a mystery you may find hard to believe: God not only heals but he can turn even the most horrid experiences in your lives into something good for you as you come to love him. I know; it's almost unbelievable, isn't it? But I am living proof that this is true. Jehovah-Rapha, God our Healer, brings life and brings it more abundantly.
But if that stretches your imagination, then believe this: Although the damage and scars in your life may run extremely deep, Jesus can heal them. He heals broken hearts; he repairs wounds.
No matter what sins you have committed, no matter how terrible your life may be, God loves you. Let me say it again--God loves you. Your job is to rest in his unfailing love and surrender your heart to him.
Jehovah-Rapha, let the healing begin!

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Surprise mail!

Thank you Secret sister for the two books u sent me and the pretty bracelet too! It may take me awhile but I will have to sneak in moments to read em. Thank you so much for yr prayers and encouragement, me:)

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

God uses your children to speak to you....

January 2, 2008

A Heart More Beautiful
By Sharon Sloan, She Speaks Graduate

"The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise." Psalm 51:17 (NIV)

The condition of my heart matched the weather conditions outside as I drove my children home from school through the steady rain and dreary clouds. Bringing my children to and from school each day is precious, almost sacred, time to me as we enjoy captured moments together to talk, listen, sing and pray. This day, however, my heart ached with fresh wounds. I silently cried out to the Lord while Joshua and Gabrielle munched on a snack and conversed contently between themselves.

Years ago God had taught me a valuable lesson: if someone says something in a critical spirit and not in love, still take that to Him and ask Him if there is any truth in it. "Is there something offensive in my heart You want to change, Lord?" I wondered after receiving criticism from an unexpected place. My heart lay bare and broken before the Lord.

As we pulled into the garage, my sweet five-year-old daughter, Gabrielle asked if she could put her rain boots on and go jump in the puddles. As my heart admired her enthusiasm, we worked together to dress her in her rainy weather finery. She gave me an extra tight squeeze declaring her appreciation. I then went about my regular after-school-unloading-and-reorganizing tasks as my silent conversation with God continued. "Lord, the pain seems unnecessary and the criticism seems unfounded. You know I want to serve you with abandon and show Your mighty works for Your glory. Please let me see Your faithfulness and purpose in this pain."

A few minutes later, Gabrielle was in the kitchen excitedly handing me a paper heart she had made for me instead of going outside to jump in puddles. Gabrielle's caring heart and artistic gifts are always a delight. On this rainy day, this hand-made gift served an even greater purpose.

As her precious hand lifted the paper heart up to mine, I noticed the heart had scissor cuts all through it, and I thought to myself that it didn't look very pretty that way. Graciously taking the heart from her and kissing her head in thanks, I met my eyes with hers and she said, "Mommy, I made this heart for you. I put cuts in the heart because I thought the heart would be more beautiful that way." Immediately, tears rolled down my face. I felt the Lord quiet my heart with His love and say to me, "Sharon, I am making your heart more beautiful through the cuts and wounds I am allowing you to experience. Be still, be quiet and wait on me. You will have a heart more beautiful."

Noticing my tears of amazement, Gabrielle asked why I started to cry, and I told her that it was because God just told me that He loved me through the heart she made. My child's delight in the promise of fresh rain and the beauty of a broken heart had ministered His love to me.