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Chapter One

August 6, 2012 — Leave a comment

I am truly proud to say that my dad has finished his very first novel! Now, this is no small task. If you are a writer then you know 7404623584_660a48e86c_n just how much time and effort is put into every word, punctuation and page to make it exactly how you envisioned it. His first book is The Light of Ordaya by Gary Swensen. This is a fiction fantasy novel and I love reading the words knowing that my dad created it all! To me I look at the finished work of books as art, every word delicately and creatively thought out.  As a writer myself I could not be more proud nor could I be more respectful of his art! If you have a list of books that you are working your way through you should definitely put my dad’s on there! Not only will you get to enjoy the great story but you will be supporting a local writer as well! Happy reading!

Provision: Cool Air

August 1, 2011 — Leave a comment

“Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” Matthew 6:8 (NIV) 

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17 (NIV) 

Last week it was hot! Where I live the average temperature was over 100! Eli and I came home last Friday to find that our air conditioning broke! It was pushing 90 degrees in our house. We were not there for very long, I literally was sweating just walking from one room of the house to the other. I decided we would just go walk around Target while we waited on Chase to get home so that we could have some cool air, and it was only about an hour and half we would have till he would be home. Once Chase was home we packed up and went to my parents house for the weekend while we waited for the air conditioning to be fixed. Well it got fixed…. after we had to buy a new unit! Trust me that was not what we wanted to spend our money on. Both Chase and I were a little frustrated about it. However, we were looking forward to having a unit that actually worked and did not require Chase having to mess with it every couple of weeks. Despite my frustration though I was grateful that the unit was getting replaced on the weekend. Luckily there was a cancellation and we were able to get it replaced yesterday instead of waiting until Wednesday. By the time we got home last night it had already dropped ten degrees in our house and it actually felt comfortable. This morning we woke up to a wonderful 70 degrees in the house! Amazing! This morning I have found myself extremely thankful for air conditioning… and one that works! I also found myself thankful that God provides for our needs! We were not sure how the car situation was going to work staying at my parents house so Chase could go to work. God provided for our needs so we wouldn’t have to worry about that. He also knew this would be coming and we had some money set aside that apparently we will now be using for this. God knows our every need and He provides! I am so thankful that He knows ahead of time what I will need before I even know!

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.” Ephesians 6:10 (NIV) 

“Your arm is endowed with power; your hand is strong, your right hand exalted.” Psalm 89:13 (NIV) 

When you’re a mom you can’t take sick days. I have gotten sick one other time since Eli was born, however this is the first time that both Eli and I have been sick at the same time. Thankfully I think that we are on the tail end of it. I have managed to rest when he is sleeping which has helped me to get better faster. One thing is true of kids… they may be sick, but they still keep you busy. He has crawled through the house despite his cold that he has. I am just thankfully that we both did not have anything that would last longer than it has. I started praying for me to get better as soon as I started to feel a little off and then I started praying for Eli as soon as I noticed that he was coming down with it as well. Even having something as little as a cold can really throw you off and make you feel just yucky. But, the day has to continue despite the runny nose and cough. I found myself praying a lot the last few days. I was praying that God would keep my husband from getting the cold and for him to continue to heal Eli and I, not to mention the prayers for us both to be able to get the rest we need to be able to get better. God is always so faithful! Yesterday Eli took really good naps and last night he slept great, which allowed for me to sleep well too! I think that is why we are getting better so fast. The common cold may leave me feeling yucky, but my God is bigger than that cold!

Quotes of Faith

July 20, 2011 — Leave a comment

When times are easy or there are bumps in the road we have to have faith. God knows what He is doing and He will never fail us. We can’t see Him but we can feel His presence and see the work that He does in our lives. We know that He is there! Believing though does not mean that we will have an easy road, it could come with some bumps along the way. But, that is why it is faith, believing that He will carry us through!

“For we live by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7 (NIV)

“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. Mark 11:22 (NIV)

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The goal of faith is not the elimination of risk. There is no such thing as risk-free faith.” Craig Groeschel

The quotes that I have gathered for today all have to do with purpose. We are all here for a reason and God has given each of us a specific purpose. We must find out what it is and then follow on that path.

“It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.” Ephesians 1:11-12 (MSG)

“The purpose of life is a life of purpose.” Robert Byrne

“Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.” John F. Kennedy

“God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.” Walt Disney