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My Name
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NOTES FROM US

Remodeled

Everytime we begin to take a walk with our Heavenly Father in this life and allow Him to have His way in our lives, He continues to reveal Himself in a myriad of ways.  He shows up for us as our Provider so many times through our friends and family and Faithful Friend Partners.  He shows us that He is Faithful in all things whether we see Him or not...we can rest assure He is working and moving on our behalf.  He shows up for us as our Comforter when we are in need or even grieving the loss of a dear loved one.

Standing firm

Often in the Christian walk we will find ourselves confronting issues which may be uncomfortable.  Other issues may make us take stands when we would rather run the other way or possibly ride the fence.  In a day when knowing what you believe is so important, you better know what you are building your foundation on and just where you take your stand.  
I remember one incident in which we were told we could not speak out against a certain lifestyle or we could be arrested.  We are sensing the persecution across the land.

My Name

There was a story I recently shared of a young woman who had the opportunity to teach a sweet class of children.  By the end of the day, she laughed with her family as she reflected on the day.  One of the greatest things that impacted that day was that she never realized how many times she would have to hear her own name from this class of children.  The entire day consisted of hearing things like:  “Mrs. Smith, I don’t know what to do”, “Mrs. Smith, can you help me tie my shoe?

Alot of Value

I have been challenged recently by one of the young women to whom we have been ministering.  It seems as though she feels she does nothing right, feels like a failure and just continues to drain herself with these thoughts of discontent, and lies from the enemy. 

As I am a very positive person, I find it hard to listen to others who find such negative words to say about themselves or anyone.  I am learning though that as I listen to others share their hearts, so many of them are just buried with guilt from their past, or they choose to live in such a horrible view of who they are as a new creation in Christ.

When I'm Invisible


Recently I had the opportunity to visit with a young mother who was sharing her heart with me.  She shared the struggles of being a new mom, the struggles of having to keep the house, and finding a balance between who she is as an individual, a wife, a mother, and friend.  It struck me when she said: “I think I’m invisible…even with the people I know.”  Now, this is not just a very shy and quiet mother who just sits in the pews.  This is a woman who has been actively involved in her local church, in the lives of individuals, and in the community.

Getting Rooted...Getting Real

Recently I had the opportunity to be a part of a youth camp that I had originally no intentions of being a part.  It seemed though that the Lord saw a bit differently as He opened the doors for it all to happen.  I was asked to be one of the girl counselors and I questioned as to why God would choose “me” to go to youth camp.  I still keep giggling at the thought that He actually wanted me to do this.  Yes, I was definitely reminded that I was not 16 anymore…however it didn’t mean that my own heart and life would not be impacted as well.

When the going gets tough, the tough get going!

Sometimes the call can be difficult.  The phone rings and you hear those dreadful words that someone dear to you has died.  Our first response is sadness.  But for those who believe, there is comfort and assurance in knowing they are a child of God.  There is a peace that passes all understanding.  Immediately, we realize we have been called to duty and hesitation isn't an option.  Within 24 hours, we were on the journey of over 1200 miles to seek the family and friends who now grieve the loss of such a precious loved one.

He made a change...now what?

I have been looking back over our journey and began thinking of how much God has done in our life.  I look at not only how much He has changed who I am in knowing Him through the salvation experience I made many years ago, but more so how He has changed me as an individual, a wife, a friend, and even a servant for Him.  In the last blog, I pointed out the importance of how Knowing Him seems to make a change on us not only inwardly, but outwardly as well.  I was reminded of a the old song entitled, “He made a change”.

1-31-13 - KNOW THE LORD

I once heard, “you don’t throw something away just because it’s a little broken”.  I see how applicable this is when it comes to our lives as well.  This week has been no exception.
 
This week, I have encountered stories from other women who are struggling with areas in their lives.  One young lady came to me and discussed some areas in her life where she has begun to see she needs something more.  She has lived a life of drugs and alcohol, of immorality, and great sin.  She had even been told by someone that she was not worthy of the Christian life and God couldn’t forgive her.

When the church is gone

As we have been able to go from place to place and view the beautiful sights of this country, we seen astonishing things.  We have described some of the most precious places to you.   We have given you images of secluded places, natural beauty, sights that were unimaginable and so many that were breathtaking.  It has been so exciting to see what new and beautiful sight the Lord would bless us with each day.   However, we have also shared with you things like forgotten faces of those we have encountered.