Forgive me Father, for the times when I didn't let my light shine as brightly as it could have, for times when I wasn't salt on this earth as You instructed, for times when I was swayed, persuaded, peer-pressured, all because I didn't stand up for the Truth You placed in my heart. For times when I encouraged others to live for You, yet my words and my actions betrayed You, for times when I knew exactly what I was doing was wrong, yet I chose to do it any way, for times too many to count when I didn't bring Your Holy Name the glory it deserved, when I grieved the sweet, precious, Holy Spirit. Forgive me for my days of unwise choices, unwise decisions that I chalked up to "just being young," times when I thought I was too good, untouchable . . .

Help me to know that no matter where I am, no matter what I say or do, the moment that I identify myself with You, people begin to watch. They watch for my mistakes, my failures, my short-comings, they watch for my responses in tough situations, they watch for the way I deal with sin in my life, someone is always watching. . .Not because I'm perfect or because I've figured it all out, or because I'm the one to watch, but because people want to know You, dear Lord, and how they should live as a follower of Christ . . .

I thank You for the trials, the heartache, the mistakes, the pain, the tears that made me stronger, wiser, and more forgiving. I thank You for allowing me to reach the place that I'm in now--I'm not perfect, I still need Your help, I can't make it on my own--but I get that now. . . that place of getting it now--thank You. Just a little wisdom goes so far. When I look back over my life, and where You've brought me from, I can't help but give You the praise. . .

It is my prayer that You please continue to mold me, shape me, use me for Your service. I know You don't expect perfection--thank You for that. But what You do want is one that is willing and Lord, here I am. Help me to live a life that is pleasing to You, one that brings honor to Your Holy Name. . .

"You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men."
-Matthew 5:13

"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven."
-Matthew 5:16

"For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, And abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You."
-Psalm 86:5

Thank God, He Forgives

by on Thursday, May 26, 2011
Forgive me Father, for the times when I didn't let my light shine as brightly as it could have, for times when I wasn't salt on thi...
No Idle Bread


I posted this song a while back during a gratitude challenge (you can read about that here).
This beautiful song reminds me that no matter what my desires are,
Jesus Christ should be the ultimate desire of my heart.

Enjoy! God bless you!

My Desire (Music Mondays)

by on Monday, May 23, 2011
I posted this song a while back during a gratitude challenge (you can read about that here ). This beautiful song reminds me that n...

Today it's cool outside, cloudy and rainy. *SIGH* Blah, blah, blah! The big thing on my "to-do" list today: Laundry. Good ol' laundry. All this laundry to wash, dry, fold, and put away. *SIGH*

But should I *SIGH* or cheer? Cheer?! Over laundry?! The dirty, smelly, laundry?!

YES--ABSOLUTELY!!! Why?

Because in the midst of those piles of stinky clothes, I am reminded that my family has clothes to wear each and every day. I am reminded that I can walk all the way downstairs (sarcasm) to my own laundry room to do my laundry. I am reminded of fun times: grass stains from kids playing outside, smudges of BBQ sauce from a family cookout, and even sweat stains from a hard-working Husband.

I am reminded that I should count each and every one of my blessings, no matter how small or insignificant they may be. As an old song says, "Everything that happened to me that was good, God did it!"

So yes, I will cheer, and offer praise to the Most High for all of my laundry because I know that I am blessed and I now feel thankful. How was I moved from a place of negativity and moodiness to one of gratefulness and contentment?

Meet my inspiration. . .
My 3 yr. old son relaxing. . . .

. . . and playing in the dirty laundry!!

As soon as I told him that I had to do the laundry, he immediately said, "Mommy, I can help you!" I said okay. So, he helped me dump the clothes to the bottom of the stairs. Then, he raced downstairs, and jumped in the the pile of clothes to pretend "he was stuck in the mud." He laughed and rolled and played and made all those 3 year old boy sounds (you know the ones, like he's a super hero defeating all the mud monsters)! Suddenly, laundry became an adventure, something to laugh and smile about.

So my moodiness gave way to thanksgiving. Thank God for laundry day.

Laundry Day

by on Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Today it's cool outside, cloudy and rainy. *SIGH* Blah, blah, blah! The big thing on my "to-do" list today: Laundry. Good ol&...
No Idle Bread
A very familiar, very simple, song of worship.
Enjoy!




"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service." -Romans 12:1


The Whole Bible Story: Everything that Happens in the Bible in Plain English
  I was a bit leery of reading this book initially. I thought, "Why does the Bible need to be retold?" With so many translations of God's Word, I really didn't think it was necessary. What drew me in was part of the review on the back cover that states it is "A Bible story book for grown-ups." For some reason, that intrigued me, so I gave it a try.

In the table of contents, the author lists the Scriptural references for each story he retells. I think that is great, but could have been better placed within the text--just as a matter of convenience. Instead of turning back and forth to the table of contents, the reader would be able to see the Scriptural reference along with the text for easier comparison and study.

Upon reading this book, I must say that it is very easy to read, with very simple language use.  I also liked that it piqued my interest in things I had not noticed in the Bible before. In my mission to double check the author's accuracy in retelling the Bible, I picked up on interesting facts about people, places, and events. For example, I did not realize that part of the earth's flooding came from the oceans and seas being opened up, and not just from the rain from heaven. This book pointed out that fact. The Bible says:

"And it came to pass after seven days that the waters of the flood were on the earth.
In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month,
on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up,
and the windows of heaven were opened." -Genesis 7:10-11

With that said, however, I did not like the author's inaccuracy of the sequence of events and historical facts. Not only is the Bible God's Word for our lives, but it also an amazing source of historical information and should be treated respectfully for both reasons. For example, the author states, "When Hagar gave birth to her son, Abraham named him Ishmael. Abraham was eighty" (p. 26). However, that is not completely correct. "Abraham" was still "Abram" at the time and the Bible says:

"So Hagar bore Abram a son; and Abram named his son, whom Hagar bore, Ishmael.
Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore Ishmael to Abram."
-Genesis 16:15-16.
For some, this may not be a deal-breaker. But for me, it is. Throughout the book, I found errors like this, and it just does not sit well with me.

Overall, I probably would not recommend this book. I do not think the author has any bad intentions whatsoever with retelling the story of the Bible. Honestly, I really do think he means well. However, we must be careful to be as accurate as possible when retelling any portion of the Bible, in whatever way we tell it. (Side note: this makes me rethink some of those colorful, children's story Bible's for my kiddos!)


The book was given to me by Bethany House in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.
No Idle Bread(Sorry for the late post!)
Dear readers, sisters and friends,

The Lord is bringing me through some things and I heard this song and it is where I want to be. . .in perfect peace.

How can one be in perfect peace, right in the midst of doubt, fear and uncertainty? How?

Only when one's mind is focused on the Lord. (As my Granny would have said to me: "Honey, just keep your mind stayed on Jesus!")

Think on Him, lean on Him, depend on Him, trust in Him! Our God is a Way-Maker and a Burden-Bearer!

Please listen and be encouraged.


"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace,
whose mind is stayed on Thee:
because he trusteth in Thee."
-Isaiah 26:3

Perfect Peace (Music Mondays)

by on Tuesday, May 10, 2011
(Sorry for the late post!) Dear readers, sisters and friends, The Lord is bringing me through some things and I heard this song and it i...

The Fruit of the Spirit

My mother is a Christian,
In every important way;
The fruit of the Holy Spirit
Is displayed in her every day.

My mother is filled with kindness,
With love and joy and peace;
Her patience and her goodness
Inspire, and never cease.

She follows our Lord Jesus
With faithfulness, and more;
She's gentle and has self control,
She knows what prayer is for.

Thanks, Mom, for being a Christian,
And showing me how to be;
I'll follow your example
For all eternity

By Joanna Fuchs


It is my prayer that my children can look over the words of this poem and see my face come to mind. Not because I want some special praise or recognition, but because I want to be one of the best examples of Jesus for them. I hope they can say with ease that their Mom consistently displays the precious fruit of the Holy Spirit. This poem is a great reminder for me of my duties as a mother.

 
I love my "babies"!
(April 2011)
 
My children and me
Mother's Day 2009

A very Happy Mother's Day to every mother out there, especially my own.



My Mommy and "baby" brother

What Will My Children Say?

by on Friday, May 06, 2011
The Fruit of the Spirit My mother is a Christian, In every important way; The fruit of the Holy Spirit Is displayed in her ev...
No Idle Bread

There's none like Him in all the earth;
There's no one like our God!!


I climbed up to the highest mountain
I looked all around, couldn't find nobody
Went down into the deepest valley
Looked all around down there, couldn't find nobody
I went across the deep blue sea
Couldn't find one to compare...to Your grace, Your love, Your mercy
Nobody greater...nobody greater than You

*Searched all over...couldn't find nobody
I looked high and low...still couldn't find nobody
Nobody greater...nobody greater no...nobody greater than You*

Nobody can heal...like You can
Oh most Holy One, You are the Great I Am
Awesome in all Your ways and mighty is Your hand
You are He who carried out redemption's plan
You are He who carried out redemption's plan
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